The “Umbrella” singer is used to making headlines when it comes to her chart-topping hit songs, climactic love life, and bold fashion statements, but we could not help but wonder what inspires her to poke the bear that is the fashion industry and dare to be different.
It seems Rihanna blossoms best when it comes to adding a catalyst to the love-hate relationship she has with her closet, and this is why.
“I get bored really quickly,” Rihanna told to instyle.co.uk. “I have A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder), even when it comes to fashion, so I always want to find something new, energetic, something that provokes something in me that’s exciting. There’s the greats, and they’ll never not be great, but you always want to find the next.”
Rihanna attended the 69th annual Parsons Benefit in New York during May 2017, where she explained why staying authentic, aesthetic and assertive about her fashion choices was so important to her.
The renowned singer was honored at the prestigious event and celebrated for her work in design, performance and fostering social good. Then, Rihanna felt the need to express her thoughts on the event and the extraordinary, talented individuals who were featured in it.
“You should be celebrated for your creativity, for your fearlessness, for your persistence and determination. You should be celebrated for all of the work you put into building your future, for being different, for not being given enough credit,” Rihanna said. “My point is, we often tear our youth down when we should be building them up. At the end of the day, our future is in their hands.”
Olivia LeBlanc, the award-winning designer well-known in her field, said the Rihanna always showed the school’s students the “power of philanthropy as well as fashion.”