Ri Ri Gets Naked (Again) For GQ, Talks Drake And Breezy Brawl, And Bajan Culture Influencing Her Sex Appeal

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November 13, 2012 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Another day, another magazine cover for Rihanna (aka, another opportunity to show some skin). But this time the sexpot has been crowned GQ’s “Obession of The Year” as they rap up 2012 with their annual “Men Of The Year” December issue. She graces one of the many sought after covers. She does so in a cropped leather jacket by All Saints and…that’s about it. But if you’re used to all the nudity and want to know what homegirl had to say inside the pages, we’ve got you covered.

Her interview, which was done in NYC at Emilio’s Ballato, her penthouse suite at Hotel Gansevoort (where The-Dream showed up to make music with her), and the famous nightclub, Griffin, where she ran into Chris Brown coincidentally (which is documented in the article) was definitely entertaining yet concise, and she cleared up a few things in it.

So why does Ri Ri seem to be so obsessed with sex in her music and showing off that hot body everyone seems to love? She says it’s all a part of her Bajan culture that influences her so much. She thinks many American people are so obsessed with or confused by her love to show off what she’s working with because folks ’round the parts can be a bit prudish. I would agree. Just ask Erykah Badu after all that “Window Seat” drama:
“That comes from my culture,” she says with her Bajan steel-drum accent. “That’s just the way it’s always been, and I think that for people, especially in America, they make it like the forbidden fruit, but that only makes kids more curious.” When Rihanna was starting out, after being discovered by a vacationing music producer in Barbados, she didn’t realize she was doing anything other than what she had grown up doing in the dance halls. “I was a lot more naive about the way I moved and the way I was being perceived. The more you hear people talk about ‘Oh, you’re a sex symbol,’ it just makes you think, ‘Why are you saying that?’ And I figured it out.”
Ri Ri also discussed what she is looking for in a relationship, and like most people too exposed in the public eye, she wants someone to look out for her and be dominant. Especially in the bedroom:
“I like to feel like a woman,” she says. “I have to be in control in every other aspect of my life, so I feel like in a relationship, like I wanted to be able to take a step back and have somebody else take the lead.” Do you ever switch things up? I ask. “I could absolutely be dominant,” she answers. “But, in general, I’d rather… How do I say this in like a…nonX-rated version?” Right. Lastly, any boundaries I should know about? “Love makes you go places you probably wouldn’t ever go, had it not been for love. But I think everybody still has their limits.”
And if you were looking for Rihanna to make music like some of these other pop stars, or deep ballads that make you think like the Adeles of the world, she says that’s not really her thing. She just wants to make you feel good:
“I want to make music that’s hopeful, uplifting. Nothing corny or supersentimental,” she told me. “I just want it to have the feeling that brings you out of whatever you’re going through. I want it to spark that fire. I want it to be real, authentic, and raw.”
And finally, when asked by the interviewer whether or not that infamous brawl between folks in Drake and Chris Brown’s camp in the summer was because of her (the interviewer even goes as far as to call her Helen of Troy), she could only say, “There’s no proof of that being for my love. That’s my answer to that question.”

Definitely
something worth picking up as the new issue of GQ with Ri Ri is out now. But you can always check out the whole interview at GQ‘s website, and get the inside scoop on what the writer witnessed when Rihanna and Chris Brown came face to face at Griffin nightclub…
Photographs by Mario Sorrenti

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  • Tishy

    What is she talking about. Bajans are probably the most conservative peeps in the Caribbean

  • dbatt001

    no gawd…..just my opinion

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LaToya-LolaLuv-Brooker/100001249108749 LaToya LolaLuv Brooker

    She’s a grown woman and can do as she pleases. If you don’t like her actions then don’t look, or read about her. Keep it moving to someone who does have on clothes.

  • kickash

    ok rihanna seems like a cool person i dont have anything against her but i’m confused about her culture. she says they’re more open about sex and nudity but didn’t she get put out of a family member’s wedding because her dress was too revealing? but hey idk, maybe her family has issues, i mean her father said she was fat and he’d love for her to marry chris brown….

  • realadulttalk

    She’s a free-spirit who is comfy in her own skin…if more people were comfy in their skin…they might not notice so much what she’s doing.

    • Mamanzee

      In my opinion, one’s state of dress (or undress) is not necessarily a sign of being ‘comfy in one’s own skin’- quite the contrary. If that were the case then why do so many ladies who dress to reveal their bodies (or those who choose to cover up and hide it) secretly suffer from insecurities and body issues? Some women feel the need to show more skin simply to get more attention and, to me, is for the most part a sign of discomfort and low esteem. That Rihanna is talented and beautiful isnt up for question: but I find her constant ‘need’ to affirm her sexuality and ‘bad girl-ism’ unecessary. As to not ‘noticing’ what she’s doing…well, its glaring at me from the magazine stands and the internet and I feel that as long as I am not being insulting or derogatory, I am free to air my opinion. She has chosen the life of a celebrity and as such should accept the fact that fame has its perks and downsides…including people like me having not so flattering opinions.

      • realadulttalk

        Is she affirming her sexuality or are others? Is she taking pics of herself-or are most taken by paps? If her covers glare at you–please explain why. I don’t notice them at all. At the end of the night though–she doesn’t care what your opinion is. Seeing some of the things she says in interviews and whatnot–is why I consider her a free spirit. She has a very IDGAF attitude–I don’t consider that attention-seeking. It does however make people who aren’t as free desire to pay attention. You wrote this as though she cares about your opinion–I’m betting all my money she doesn’t. And fame did not give her that ‘tude–I’m again betting my accounts on the fact that she’s always been this person.

        • Mamanzee

          Ah yes…the free spirit, ‘IDGAF’ persona- so refreshing and different nowadays, isn’t it? But of course she doesnt care about my opinion- we dont know each other and I wouldnt be so bold as to think my thoughts would matter to her one way or another. That’s why these thoughts are mine. And you are as free to your own opinion (which she equally does not care about) as I am mine. I see it from my perspective as you do yours and as far as I’m concerned, both are valid. So…have a good day then and maybe it might not be a good idea to ‘bet all your money’ on celebrity issues, no? Every now and then one does comment on something trivial. :-D ( Oh, and I’ve noticed some terrible typos on my comments- my apologies.)

          • realadulttalk

            Lol. It’s probably the site causing the typos. Pay attention to what you type and what appears. Sometimes the screen is like 10 words behind me.

  • http://blackonpurpose.blogspot.com/ gryph

    she’s just trying to be exotic. bajans are some of the must prudish people in the caribbean.

  • Mamanzee

    As I read this article the following thoughts ran through my mind of what I’d love to say to her:

    Ok. Rihanna, you have a wonderful body- check. You have sex appeal- check. You’re a ‘bad girl’- check. Great. Nowthat we’ve gotten all that out of the way here’s something you might want to know. Those of us that are not your fans are no necessarily sufering from jealousy, haterism, ‘prudishness’ or anything like that. We’re just not into to you or your music, that’s all- and no amount of well posed naked pics is going to change that. True class and beauty are not necessarily synonymous.

    You have quite the ego and seem to think of yourself as some sort of icon or liberated sexual nymphet. Yawn. Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, Donna Summer, Earha Kitt and many others had that game going a looooong time before you came on the scene so please, you might want to slow it down.

    Yes you’ve got some pretty catchy tunes going but just because ‘supersentimental’ or ‘corny’ music arent your thing doesnt mean it isnt relevant (you might want to ask Mariah and Adele how things are going on their end).

  • TRUTH IS

    Take away sex appeal and what do you have?? Empty shell!! Keep your clothes on

  • JaneDoe

    Rihanna has an amazing body but I am soooo tired of seeing her like this

  • olivia

    That GQ cover is hot…she looks great.