Racist fan and Twitter user @alexgracious earned a swift blocking from badgal RiRi herself after sharing four edited photos of the Bajan pop star/queen with white skin. Captioned “Rihanna would look so much more beautiful if she was white,” the overtly racist photo series went viral, and its derogatory message provoked defence from RiRi fans around the world.
The offensive edits were released around the time that Rihanna announced her Fenty Beauty line, which includes a mind-blowing and unprecedented 40 shades of foundation, from super fair to super dark. If a block from one of the world’s most popular artists wasn’t enough to prove how oh-so-wrong @alexgracious was, well… it really doesn’t matter because Rihanna is will soon take over the world and we’re here for it.
As she did here, Rihanna has proven time and time again that she is the queen of many things. She kills it on the red carpet. She sits courtside and steals the show at almost every NBA game. She was freeing the nipple before #FreeTheNipple was even an actual feminist movement. And, obvi, the 29-year-old has been churning out killer music since her first big hit “Pon de Replay” was released in 2005.
Our beloved Barbadian goddess is also the queen of clapbacks. I mean, she practically invented them, and her give-no-effs (and no-love-to-haters) approach to life seems to be working. From calling out body shamers to unfollowing one of Drake’s former lovers on Instagram, here are our top 10 fave times RiRi threw expert shade.
She’s perfect, deal with it.
When she told Diplo his track sounded like “a reggae song at the airport”
According to Billboard, American music producer and songwriter Diplo has been trying to get RiRi to collaborate with him for a loooong time. He told the outlet about one such time when he was trying to pitch a song to her: “It was four in the morning. Finally, I was like, ‘Yo, G, I’m leaving unless you let me play her a song.’ So I played her a song. And she was like, ‘This sounds like a reggae song at an airport.’ (laughs) I was like, ‘I’m gonna go kill myself.’” If you didn’t know, Diplo, now you know: Rihanna gives exactly zero shits. About a week ago, Rihanna Instagrammed a screenshot of a headline with the caption, “#DutyFree 😂😂😂 My bad @diplo.”