12 Times Rihanna Dropped the Truth About Life

Pop star and all-around dynamic diva Rihanna has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind or strutting her truth —whether it be on runways or on her chart-topping hits.

As a reminder to us all on the importance on embracing individuality and voicing our thoughts, we've rounded up some of RiRi's most spot-on quotes about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. 

1. On self-control
"They're gonna keep knocking away until all this comes crashing down. But I'm not gonna ever crash. I'm in control."

2. On working from your backbone
"You can't stand behind something you don't believe in. You can pretend for a little while, but there's always going to be resentment. I can be who I am and sleep at night, knowing there's no pressure to be anything else."

3. On giving the benefit of the doubt
"I always see the best in people," she says. "I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom."

4. On defying expectations
"You know, when I started to … have my race be highlighted, it was mostly when I would do business deals. ... And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it's the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can't wait to show them that I'm here to exceed those expectations."

5. On the irrelevance of age
"People think, because we're young, we aren't complex, but that's not true. We deal with life and love and broken hearts in the same way a woman a few years older might."

6. On letting go and living
"Let go of the things that make you feel dead. Life is worth living!”

7. On body acceptance
"You have to just accept your body. You may not love it all the way, but you just have to be comfortable with it, comfortable with knowing that that's your body.”

8. On living life on your own terms
"When you realize who you live for, and who's important to please, a lot of people will actually start living. I am never going to get caught up in that. I'm gonna look back on my life and say that I enjoyed it — and I lived it for me."

9. On being happy
"I think a lot of people are afraid of being happy because of what others might think of it."

10. On alternative gender norms
"There's no rule about whether you have to be clothed or not. I want to see a naked woman who isn’t even aware of her nakedness ... Men are gonna do what they do — and I am gonna do what I do."

11. On keeping the hustle alive
"I used to feel unsafe right in the moment of an accomplishment — I felt the ground fall from under my feet because this could be the end. And even now, while everyone is celebrating, I'm on to the next thing. I don't want to get lost in this big cushion of success."

12. On coming to terms with her past
"It's in the past, and I don't want to say 'Get over it,' because it's a very serious thing that is still relevant; it's still real. A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can't just dismiss it like it wasn't anything, or I don't take it seriously."

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