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Getting a shave at the local barbershop one day I almost got cut after laughing at a lady who had asked about a particular hairstyle.
She had described it and it was clearly a “Rihanna”, and soon she was happy.
That’s how icons have an effect on us. Several singers may be in the limelight, but few can reach anywhere close to where Rihanna is right now.
There are questions about how the Barbados singer sounds, but there is no doubt that she is a hitmaker. She might not have Beyoncé’s voice, but she is just as popular as Jay-Z’s wife.
Her effect on the music industry can be seen in her latest documentary, Half of Me. As she was touring on the Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna’s director, Phil Griffin, managed to capture a number of beautiful moments he felt the fans would like.
While Lady Gaga’s fans are officially known as “little monsters” Rihanna’s fanbase is “The Navy”. It is somehow fitting with her navy role in her recent film, Battlefield.
Half Of Me takes us through several Rihanna shows done after the release of her hit album Unapologetic and of interest are the testimonials from fans about how RiRi’s music has impacted their lives.
She watches all the love she gets from her Navy and convincingly reciprocates.
It is when she turns on this charisma that you forget the rough side of this singer. Only a few days ago she went on a Twitter word fight with Teyana Taylor over some silly Instagram issue.
If the Navy members followed her closely they would know their commander-in-chief started the fight.
Also, still on the Unapologetic album, Rihanna teamed up with Chris Brown on Ain’t Nobody’s Business which was just a middle finger to all those who wondered about their relationship.
But no such behaviour on Half Of Me, which is then probably aptly titled because it tells half the story.
• Half Of Me airs from October 11 at 8.30pm on Channel O (DStv channel 320).