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Rihanna Reveals Her Mom Was The Inspiration Behind Fenty Beauty and Why Seeking Perfection Is Always a Mistake

I love to read Rihanna’s interviews, she never gives cliche’ answers and she speaks from the heart, channeling her own experiences… The Bajan princess credits her mother for being the inspiration behind Fenty Beauty, recalling how her mom not being a fan of her wearing make up.

“My mom wasn’t flexible. I wore no makeup.” Rihanna says her mom, who worked at a cosmetics counter back in the day, inspired her passion for makeup and perfume.

Rihanna discusses how beauty helped her evolve from shy Barbadian to global phenomenon.

Check out some excerpts of her interview below:

Did you always know you wanted to do a makeup line?

Beauty was a natural fit because makeup is such a huge part of my career and image. I wanted to do a line for years, but it needed to be credible, something that industry pros and girls around the world would respect.

Do you have a favorite product?

I love the Killawatt highlighter because you can use it in so many ways. I put it on my eyes, cheeks, and body. It goes on smooth, and the texture is superfine, almost like liquid—plus it’s extremely high-shine. There’s a ton of different colors.

As a woman of color, I’m most impressed by the range of foundation shades. So often, makeup brands leave us brown girls hanging.

I wanted everyone to feel included. We actually started with foundation because it’s the very first makeup product I fell in love with.

What was your first experience with foundation?

When I was a teen back in Barbados, I was in a pageant, and my mom did my makeup for it. I will never forget the feeling I had after seeing how even my skin looked when she put foundation on my face.
I like my makeup to look like skin—really good skin.

I read that your mom used to be a professional makeup artist.

That’s true. She worked behind a cosmetics counter at a department store in Barbados, and she did makeup for weddings.

You always seem so confident. What pressures have you gotten over?

I don’t know if it was a confidence thing, but I was very shy at one point. I knew what I was about and what I stood for, but I was not very vocal. In the Barbadian culture there’s this thing we say: “Speak when you’re spoken to.” It’s polite not to blabber. It took me a couple of years to come out of my shell.

At what point in your career do you think you came into your own?

I would say after Good Girl Gone Bad [2007]. That album led me to this place where I was like, “What is there to lose?” I just have to be myself. I have to be at peace every day of my life.

What advice do you have for young girls who might be struggling with their identities in this age of social media?

The biggest mistake you can make is to compare yourself with someone else. I hate the pressure that’s being put on us by social media. Young girls don’t know which way to go; they’re still figuring themselves out. And what we’re teaching them through social media is this idea that you have to be perfect. I just reject that at every cost. I only know how to be me, and people thrive when they’re who they’re meant to be. I can only try my best to encourage girls and women to respect their uniqueness and be 100 percent true to themselves.

Read more of her interview at InStyle.com…

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