Singer Rihanna (24) features on the front cover of December’s GQ Magazine and I am left wondering what the hell is going on???
When Rihanna first appeared on the music scene the only part of her body that was on show was her midriff and her image was relatively clean and safe. Then things began to change after the still talked about altercation in 2009 with former boyfriend Chris Brown which left her battered and bruised.
After the drama died down she resurfaced with a darker sound and an edgier look, and each year since then more and more items of clothing have come off.
In the year 2012 as well as posing naked for GQ Magazine, Rihanna has also upgraded to posing topless alongside model Kate Moss in a series of random and provocative photographs (POINTLESS).
I admire Rihanna’s work ethic. She is constantly touring, making albums and making money from lucrative business ventures outside of the music industry. The woman works like a mule and I respect her for it. She also makes some catchy songs.
But I would really like to know how the fresh faced young lady from the island of Barbados who debuted with Pon de Replay, has ended up on the cover of GQ Magazine (a magazine that is supposed to ooze sophistication) looking like she should be on the cover of that tacky rag Play Boy?
What is going on behind the scenes? Who is advising her? Why has her image changed so drastically (e.g. the drinking, the tattoos, the overt sexual behaviour and lack of clothing) in such a relatively short period of time? Have label executives pressurized her in to going down this road to generate sales or is she in control and making the decisions here?
I understand that it is important for artists to grow but I find Rihanna’s “growth” quite disturbing. I feel that there are sinister forces at work here.
Your thoughts please…..