Remember a few months ago when some idiotic internet bros were fat-shaming Rihanna for no reason? Aside from being cruel and uncalled for, it was just plain wrong (and, of course, her response was perfect). Rihanna has never looked fat in her life, but she does, like many of us, have regular fluctuations in her weight. And because she’s awesome, she spoke about how she deals with it during the launch of her Fenty x Puma fall 2018 collection last week at Bloomingdale’s.
“I actually have had the pleasure of a fluctuating body type, where one day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day—the next week—I need something oversized; I need a little crop here and a high-waist there to hide that part, you know?” she told The Cut.
“I really pay attention every day when I go into the closet about what’s working for my body that morning,” she continued. “I feel like that’s how everyone should go after fashion, because it’s an individual thing. And then, if you take it further, it’s like: What week are you having? You having a skinny week? You having a fat week? Are we doing arms this week? We doing legs this week? We doing oversized? I love to play with silhouettes as well, but I think it’s important to make sure that you wear the thing that works for your body the best, and that’s flattering.”
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Amen to that. A glimpse into her style history both off duty and on the red carpet reveals that the singer, fashion designer, and newly-minuted beauty mogul does indeed tend to oscillate between dramatically different silhouettes. While she’s rocked her fair share of belly-baring crop tops (not to mention her beyond-sexy ensemble for this year’s Crop Over festival in her native Barbados), some of her biggest sartorial successes have been billowing, oversized gowns like the pink Giambattista Valli confection she wore to the 2015 Grammys or the plunging, voluminous red dress she rocked this summer while promoting Valerian. She’s also a noted fan of the menswear look, an influence that’s evident in her designs for Fenty x Puma.
While we’re totally on board with the idea of dressing to flatter your body shape—whatever it might be at the moment—women like Rihanna prove that as long as what you have on makes you feel good, the haters don’t matter at all.