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All The Times Rihanna Was Brilliantly Savage

Rihanna, Colin Kaepernick

Rihanna has just delivered one of her most savage moves in a long history of being an incredible role model for her millions of fans around the world. US Weekly broke the news this week that Rihanna was originally offered the halftime show for Super Bowl LIII, but the singer declined the high-profile gig in support of ousted NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Yas kween.

An insider told US Weekly “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta. They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Entertainment Weekly spoke to someone in Rihanna’s camp, who noted that taking the performance slot would have been perfect timing, but gone against Rihanna’s belief that the NFL is wrong in penalizing players who are kneeling in response to police brutality and a racist justice system in the U.S. “The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes.”

Rihanna’s decision to not perform at the upcoming February 2019 halftime show is yet another example of the Grammy-winning singer using her platform to take a stance against injustice, whether it’s supporting women, championing minorities, or helping raise money and awareness for the less fortunate. We would have loved to see a Rihanna Super Bowl performance, but we love having a popstar with integrity even more.

To celebrate Rihanna, we’re taking a look at all the times she was brilliantly savage and inspired us to be our best selves.

When she made her Fenty lingerie line size inclusive.

In May 2018, Rihanna expanded her Fenty empire by introducing the lingerie line Savage x Fenty. Ensuring that all her fans could feel sexy, Rihanna created a line that was size inclusive, going from 32A and XS to 44DD and 3XL. Savage x Fenty followed in the footsteps of Rihanna’s Fenty beauty line, which boasts one of the most comprehensive offerings of foundation and concealer for more than 40 skin tones.

 

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savages come in all shapes and sizes!! ya ready? @savagexfenty MAY.11.2018

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When she’s been a voice for the voiceless.

Rihanna’s recent stand against the NFL is her latest move in a long line of actions that the singer has taken to use her platform to stand up for those who have been failed by the political and social justice systems around the world. In November 2017, Rihanna helped spread awareness for Cyntoia Brown, a young girl who was sentenced to life in prison after killing the man who had purchased her from a sex trafficking ring.


 

When she promoted getting tested for AIDS in Barbados.

Rihanna has a long history of giving back to her native Barbados. In December 2016, Rihanna joined Prince Harry to support World AIDS Day, with the pair both getting tested for HIV/AIDS in an effort to spread awareness and encourage others to be tested regularly as well.

 

When she gave away her Anti album for free.

After Tidal had issues with the release of Rihanna’s long-awaited and highly anticipated Anti album, the singer decided to give it away to her patient and devoted fan base for free.

 

When she’s helped raise money through her Clara Lionel Foundation.

Named for her grandparents, Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2014 and has thrown the annual Diamond Ball every year to help raise money for the charity, which provides support in medical, educational and emergency assistance for young people around the world.

 

When she’ cast models that represent more than one body/skin type.

Rihanna has used her position as the head of Fenty to create a company with ad campaigns and runway shows that feature a diverse group of models. One model that Rihanna has frequently worked with is Slick Woods, who wrote a letter in Allure magazine explaining how important modelling for Fenty has been for her personally and for other women seeing Woods’ image in a major campaign.

 

When she’s shut down bad interview questions.

Whether she’s promoting a new album, film, beauty line, or charity, Rihanna is no stranger to insensitive or overly personal questions in interviews. Stay flawless, Rih Rih.

 

When she’s fought for women’s rights.

At the risk of losing fans and endorsements, Rihanna has been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. In January 2017, the musician took part in the Women’s Day March and declared herself pro-choice, anti-Trump, and exactly the kind of pop star needed in the industry.

 

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So proud to be a woman!! So proud of the women around the world who came together today for pro-choice!

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When she kept is classy while responding to her exes talking about her in the press.

Boy bye.

 

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