Here’s some news that’s apparently super important: Rihanna has gained some weight, but she’s not pregnant and a lot of the internet thinks the extra pounds look really good on her.
Rihanna so good hearted she thought if Bey is adding some weight I also need to add some pic.twitter.com/0SkA9RMb35
Rihanna gained all that good weight, her legs pic.twitter.com/4waFykWQKV
— Krystal Aguirre (@fleezuskryst) May 24, 2017
I’m here for this thick Rihanna. that late 20’s weight look good on her pic.twitter.com/ODU1E8k2Cn
— c (@chuuzus) May 24, 2017
While it’s definitely cool that the internet didn’t react to RiRi’s weight gain in the negative way we all probably expected it to (with at least one notable exception), I still have an important question for you, internet: Who the hell cares about the size and shape of Rihanna’s body? Does it concern you? Does she give one single shit about your opinion? The answer to both of those is no.
As Refinery 29 points out, there’s a pretty complex reason so many people are OK with Rihanna’s weight gain: Thinness isn’t considered the ideal by some communities of color. Thickness is especially revered by the black community, so Rihanna’s new look is obviously being embraced there.
But the focus on her size is still a fetishization of her body, whether the attention she’s getting is positive or negative. It’s also inherently sexist; men don’t face the same kind of scrutiny for such small changes in size as Rihanna has undergone.
Rihanna’s music is amazing. Her positive impact is even better. Instead of caring even one little bit about her body, let’s focus on those things, mmkay?
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