It’s no secret that when you start out in the music industry, you become whatever product your record company deems fit… even if it’s not exactly who you are.
Rihanna experienced this transformation and even lost the right to choose the color of her lipstick. She played along until the day she chopped all her hair off. A record company exec told her she had to put extensions in her hair, and she wouldn’t allow it. It was the first thing she did for herself to reclaim who she once was before fame entered the picture.
"In the past I had no say in how I was presented. Those decisions were made for me, right down to the colour of my lipstick. I was in Paris and I fancied a change of hairstyle. I had my long
locks cut off and came away with this cute bob. Someone from my record
company saw me and said, ‘It looks nice but it’s just not you. We’ll
have to put extensions in.’ I was completely crushed.
"That’s when I realized things had to change. I make my own decisions now."
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