Rihanna was anointed a billionaire by Forbes in August, and the singer and entrepreneur candidly reflected about how she feels about the title in multiple interviews this week. Rihanna has been promoting the release of her Savage x Fenty Show Volume 3 on Amazon Prime. That lingerie business and her Fenty Beauty line are huge contributing factors to her $1.7 billion net worth (Fenty Beauty is estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion by Forbes, while Savage x Fenty is estimated to be valued at $270 million).
Rihanna was asked by The Cut what the first thing she did was upon learning of her billionaire status. Apparently she ordered Chinese food, fried wings, and chicken fried rice specifically, then continued working: “I usually do pork fried rice, but that day was chicken fried rice,” she said.
To Extra’s Rachel Lindsay, Rihanna admitted the billionaire title frightens her a bit.
“It’s scary,” she said. “I do think about it all the time. I make it a point to think about it, because I… get scared when, you know, the pedestal comes into play and we’ll put you up there and they keep wanting to put you up there… I’m like, ‘No, I want to be on the ground.’ I want to feel my feet on the ground because I know it’s not going to be a fall at all if anything, right?… I don’t want to be this icon… I want to remember who I am.”
Lindsay told her, “I know you said you do’’t want to be like put up on this pedestal, but as a Black woman doing your thing, you know, your billionaire status—people are watching, and what does it make you feel like to know that young girls are looking at you and saying, ‘I can do that, too!’”
“I think that is what makes it worth it,” Rihanna said. “That’s what I want. That’s what I worked for. I want to be able to share my inspiration, I want to be able to be an inspiration, and I want to be inspired by even my fans, people who look up to me, I look up to them. And it’s mutual respect that I have because I wouldn’t be here without them.”
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