Rihanna Says She's No Role Model
James Montgomery
October 3, 2011
Rihanna channels Marilyn Monroe on the cover of the new British Vogue, but inside the issue, she's talking about playing a different role: the badass mistress on display in hits like "S&M." Because no matter what folks may think, Rihanna says that all her vamping — which apparently got so hot and heavy in her upcoming "We Found Love" video that it angered a farmer who owned the land the clip was being shot on — is just an act she puts on for her fans. "That's not me. That's a part I play. You know, like it's a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with," she tells the magazine. "See, people ... they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me, and [being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That's it." Rihanna added that, despite a past that included a father who reportedly struggled with substance abuse and an assault at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown, she feels stronger now than ever and doesn't feel that her experiences make her any different from the millions of others who have dealt with broken homes and domestic abuse. "I saw too much. I was way too mature for my age," she says. "Look, God doesn't give any more than you can handle. I had to get through a lot of ups and downs — big downs — and a lot of trial and error to get where I am now."
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