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Rihanna's Vogue Cover Has Taught Us So Many Lessons

As if we needed more of a reason to love Rihanna.

While I know there's literally nothing Rihanna CAN'T do, she still constantly shocks me (and the rest of the world) when she does something that tops off her last big thing. Case and point: Her June Vogue cover.

Now, I'm not saying Rihanna is the world's greatest teacher, but she definitely drops gems at every waking turn.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot / Vogue

Now, I'm not saying Rihanna is the world's greatest teacher, but she definitely drops gems at every waking turn.

Here are of the biggest things we learned while reading her epic interview:

1. Never feel guilty for taking time out for yourself.

In a fast-pace culture, we can all constantly feel like we have to be on the go. However, Rihanna teaches us that a healthy work-life balance is mandatory for success. "Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth," she told Vogue. "Now, when I come to work, I'm all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by."
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/Vogue

In a fast-pace culture, we can all constantly feel like we have to be on the go. However, Rihanna teaches us that a healthy work-life balance is mandatory for success. "Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth," she told Vogue. "Now, when I come to work, I'm all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by."

2. The nude underwear she wore with the sheer Adam Selman dress in 2014 was one of her biggest regrets.

Y'all remember that beautiful dress Rih wore that donned everything. Well, according to her interview, she says that her biggest regret with that history-making dress was that she didn't throw on a bedazzled thong. Not necessarily to amp up the sex appeal, but because the nude undies weren't her shade of nude, a problem MANY black women face when searching for lingerie.So here comes Savage x Fenty, her new lingerie line that's going to offer a range of nude underwear and bras, promoting the mogul's very apparent stance on body-positivity.
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Y'all remember that beautiful dress Rih wore that donned everything. Well, according to her interview, she says that her biggest regret with that history-making dress was that she didn't throw on a bedazzled thong. Not necessarily to amp up the sex appeal, but because the nude undies weren't her shade of nude, a problem MANY black women face when searching for lingerie.

So here comes Savage x Fenty, her new lingerie line that's going to offer a range of nude underwear and bras, promoting the mogul's very apparent stance on body-positivity.

3. Women hold all the cards. All. Of. Them.

“As women, we’re looked at as the needy ones, the naggy ones, the ones who are going to be heartbroken in a relationship. Savage is just the reverse. And you know, guys don’t like getting the cards flipped on them—ever.”
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Vogue

“As women, we’re looked at as the needy ones, the naggy ones, the ones who are going to be heartbroken in a relationship. Savage is just the reverse. And you know, guys don’t like getting the cards flipped on them—ever.”

4. You can grow and stay the same, simultaneously. And that's OK.

While we still see Rihanna in the limelight with her music, she's shown that you don't have to just be one thing to the world, and that people are not monolithic beings. Rih discussed being in Ocean's 8, launching Fenty Beauty, launching Savage x Fenty, non-profit organizations, and raising awareness around gun violence and education.So what's the lesson? DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN THIS LIFE. Think: What would Rihanna do?
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While we still see Rihanna in the limelight with her music, she's shown that you don't have to just be one thing to the world, and that people are not monolithic beings. Rih discussed being in Ocean's 8, launching Fenty Beauty, launching Savage x Fenty, non-profit organizations, and raising awareness around gun violence and education.

So what's the lesson? DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN THIS LIFE. Think: What would Rihanna do?

5. Oh, and most importantly, Rihanna and Drake are not friends. Well, sorta kinda.

When asked about that momentous moment in pop-culture history when Drake professed his love for Rih, she said, “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.” Welp, that's that on that.
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When asked about that momentous moment in pop-culture history when Drake professed his love for Rih, she said, “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.” Welp, that's that on that.

For the entire Rihanna interview, check it out on Vogue.

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