As her movie hit theaters on Friday, the badass Bajan’s Vanity Fair Italia cover was revealed and RiRi looks fresh-faced, happy, and as gorgeous as ever. In the accompanying interview, she talks feeling like an outsider, how much she loves her mom, music, and more.
Here are a few highlights:
On how she relates to the character she voices, Tip:
“Tip is strong, independent. Not to be discouraged, she knows what she wants and never gives up, without waiting for the help of others. She’s a little cheeky as I was. However sensitive. It sounds strange, but I’m very shy. I can only spontaneous if I’m fine with those around me.”
On Tip’s love of music & how she found her own voice:
“I love the scene where Tip plays as song to Oh, who’s never heard music in his life and doesn’t understand what’s happening, so he tries to stop himself from dancing. Music is my life forever. When I was little, in Barbados there was only one TV channel: there was the time slot of the newscast, to Beautiful, Sesame Street and documentaries.
“On Sunday, finally, there were music videos on all day. I could stay inside the whole day listening to Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Bob Marley. I enjoyed mimicking their every song. And by doing a lot of imitating I found my voice. I was only a child when I decided I wanted to do singing as a profession, which I remember very clearly. I was eight years old, and my little brother had just been born, and I told myself that I wanted to do music, music gets you places in the world where I have never been.”
On how her own mother reminds her of Tip’s mom:
“I recognize a lot in the relationship between Tip and her mother. My mom is a force of nature. I know that everyone says: I have the best mother in the world. But I’m really convinced. She has always filled me with affection and has never tried, nor has judged my friends. Her presence reassures me. I’m glad it was Jennifer Lopez who got to be the voice of my character’s mother. When she speaks, I feel the same warmth and the same security that my own mother gives me.”
On feeling like an outsider:
“Oh is an alien, Tip is a human: the music is just one of many things that make them, for background, very different. But gradually they discover a number of similarities. It is the basis of friendship, when one begins to know and you stop judging them. I know what it means to feel, like them, an outsider. The first time it happened to me as a child in Barbados, was when I moved and I ended up in a school where I knew no one. And then when at sixteen I landed in New York, where I was know as “the girl who is from the island.’”
Wow. Check out her VF cover here.
The first official teaser for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, is here!
With Daniel Craig playing the legendary character, he goes down a path to uncovering a “sinister organization” – and all because of a mysterious message he received from his past.
Spectre will be in theaters on November 6th of this year. Will you be tuning in?
Iman Shumpert‘s got the juice!
During a recent performance, Teyana Taylor got super sexy on her ballin’ boyfriend, giving him a lap dance as she sang.
As Iman chilled out on stage at SOBs in NYC on Thursday night, Teyana climbed on top of her man and made him smile from ear to ear.
Check out the video here.