Rihanna dresses down, stops begging for attention: what’s going on?


You probably haven’t thought too much about Rihanna this week in wake of the Miley Cyrus VMA scandal, but I get the distinct feeling that Rihanna wants it that way. One mere glance at the above screenshot from the show easily demonstrates that Rihanna didn’t want to attend the ceremony at all, and I suspect she felt like she had to go because she was nominated for Best Female Video. Not only does Rihanna look utterly disinterested in the spectacle at hand, but she didn’t even bother getting dressed for the occasion. She simply threw on the nearest white t-shirt and jeans, which is strange because Rihanna loooooves getting dolled up for the red carpet.

I don’t know what’s going on with Rihanna these days. Just a month ago, she was showing off the entirety of her rack in a transparent mesh top, and she followed up in her usual fashion with a gross AK-47 grill. Of course, Rihanna is the queen of the selfie, and she seldom takes a day off from promoting her body and attitude on social media, but one quick check of her Instagram account and a scroll through our photo agency sites reveals that Rihanna’s vibe has taken a decided and surprising conservative turn in the past few weeks.




Basically, I’m wondering what’s going on with Rihanna. She’s been looking pretty sad lately, and the below selfie was captioned with “#decisions.” Is Rihanna entering an emo phase, or has being exhibitionist gone out of vogue now that Miley has really hit the pop scene? Maybe she’s just exhausted from several years of wall-to-wall self promotion. I hope she’s okay.



Screencap courtesy of MTV. Photos courtesy of Instagram and WENN

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  1. CaribbeanLaura says:

    I think Miley shocked all the ‘exibitionist’ right out of her, poor thing.

    • mary simon says:

      + 1 No one wants to be in the Miley club. There’s no where else to go now except total nudity and real sex acts on stage.

      • carol says:

        wait for it. Music videos or VMA performances will turn in to literal porn

      • Michele says:

        Well there’s always a colostomy, Miley could do that next…she’s determined to be talentless and shocking. That fits each criteria.

    • YoungHeartOldSoulNewView says:

      It was almost as if she saw Miley’s trainwreck of a performance coming, and did not want people getting her name in the mix in any way for also being a risque or provocative dresser. I think Bedhead is right though, hopefully people have gotten so disgusted and tired of being over-saturated with nakedness everywhere, that we can really return to the TRUE 90s style Miley is so desperately (and failingly) trying to replicate–loose, baggier clothes with a cool/laid-back vibe, instead of this try-hard look-how-sexy-i-am-see-my-boobs/butt/cooch thing females have been doing

    • gg says:

      EXACTLY! She saw herself up on stage and went ——– uh. NO.

  2. Lucy says:

    She was one of the best parts of the show. Every time the camera cut to her, her expression was priceless. I don’t necessarily agree with every single thing she says or does, but other than that time she took Chris Brown back, I have no reason to dislike her. I hope she’s okay, too!

    • LB says:

      I agree. Loved her reactions. They ranged from “over it” to “over it”. It was awesome.

      • Marianne says:

        She looked disinterested in everything…..except when JT came on. There is a gif of her dancing along.

      • Petee says:

        I watched and I did sort of think the same thing.She seemed kind of drugged out no?Maybe.I think you will be hearing about her and some issues soon.

    • emmie_a says:

      I agree… And personally I loved her look for the show and her ‘I’m too cool for this / I don’t care’ attitude — much better than other people who are getting entirely waay too much attention for completely sucking.

    • gg says:

      She was formulating her new classier wardobe hopefully. Noticed that any old idiot on the planet can dress and act like a slut.

  3. Diana says:

    We all get reflective. I can’t get mad at her for that!

  4. Melissa says:

    Never thought I’d say this but she’s really growing on me – I like her sense of humor.

    • loma says:

      Me too. It seems she’s taken a turn for the better after the 3rd or 4th breakup with that asshole. Maybe she’s just got so over it and along with tossing him she’s beginng to see the way things really are.

  5. Relli says:

    Maybe she is doing everything she can to distant herself from Miley. Especially since Miley has been doing everything she can to infringe upon Ri’s image, even bringing her up interviews.

  6. lem says:

    i kinda maybe thing she is pregnant. i have no evidence to back this up.

  7. WayPastMyBedtime says:

    She doesn’t want to be associated with Miley.

  8. Rachel Ruiz says:

    Yeah, my thought was that she was distancing herself from Miley. Rihanna is a beautiful woman, and that much more attractive when she’s not attention whoring herself, IMO.

    • Denise says:

      I’ve been so turned off Rihanna for her behaviour and attitude, and that Rolling Stone (I think?) interview last year where she was flaunting her love of bad boys just disgusted me. But seeing her looking rather dignified at the VMAs has made be swoon over her beauty once again. I hope she comes out the other side, and that this is a sign of her working out some things and growing up. Stick with it Riri, it looks good on you.

      • QueenHoa says:

        Who cares about her personal life? Have you seen her performances? Her performances are phenomenal and that’s all that matters. This girl can sing and she doesn’t need to look like Miley to do it the right way. I’m tired of people comparing her to Miley. Apples to oranges. Rihanna will blow you away.

  9. doofus says:

    CaribbeanLaura, I was thinking the same (sort of) thing.

    like, she saw the flailing chipmunk and thought “is THAT what I look like? and is THIS how people react to me?” and re-thought the non-outfits she wears and the “look at me!” type of antics she perpetrates.

    • BorgQueen says:

      Co-Sign. Rhianna probably didnt realize how bad she looks with all the self-promotion until she saw the Miley performance and backlash.

    • Dirtnap says:

      This is exactly what I thought. It’s like the Universe is holding a mirror up to her in the form of Miley, and she doesn’t like what she is seeing. Must be quite a wake up call.

  10. NerdMomma says:

    I will say this: when I saw pics of Rihanna in the crowd at the VMAs, I thought she looked like the coolest person there. Dressing down is the opposite of try-hard, and it’s a much better look. Maybe she didn’t want comparisons with Miley, or maybe she’s trying out a new style. I like the bada** look on her. She looks a thousand times hotter and sexier with clothes ON, too.

    • CaribbeanLaura says:

      ITA she looked sooo cool. And made everyone seem super tryhard.

      “Like who wears dresses to these events? and did you see Rita Ora murdered a family of blue ostriches to make hers. Sigh Peasants. ”


    • Louise says:

      I agree!! I went from thinking she was ‘pretty cool’ to loving her!

    • Sisi says:

      I loved her VMA outfit. And she was the most entertaining thing of the entire night.

  11. Chicagogurl says:

    Maybe she was pissed she wasn’t asked to present or perform

    • Migdalia says:

      I doubt it. I can’t see MTV NOT asking her to do either or both especially since she came out with a new album with singles this year…based on her instagram and the proceeding fan comments I don’t think she was planning on attending until the very last minute either. /endlongsentence

      • Chicagogurl says:

        That I buy. Maybe she was having too much fun on vacation and decided to cut it short last minute. Regardless, she looks cute. I wish she would go back to the short bob or stay with this haistyle. I like the short hair on her.

  12. Harriet says:

    My theory is, that she saw Miley as a kind of mirror. One which showed desperation, stupidity and general lack of artistic value, and she is finally realised how silly she looks/looked? I would like to think that.

  13. shelley says:

    She has lost everything she identified herself with. Chris and being ratchet. Noone right now can compete with Miley on the shock and entertainment value. Rihanna needs to take this time to grow the eff up.

    • A DEAR FRIEND says:

      That is so ridiculous. Rihanna is indeed a shameless self publicist but she has lost absolutely nothing. She has used the publics incessant obsession for gossip, controversy, a pretty face (And banging pop tunes) to create herself a very powerful brand. Miley has created one pop culture moment that has the world essentially laughing at her and mocking her. They actually couldn’t be anymore different.

  14. Sandy says:

    I don’t know why, but I love that she had a bowl of popcorn in her lap in the header pic.

  15. Louise says:

    Who is that woman who is with her all the time?

    • Meaghan says:

      Her best friend and assistant, she’s been with her from the start.

      • Cameron says:

        Yeah, she and BFF Melissa were clearly high. Their eyes were red in close-ups. She’s so stunning.. like Halle berry look way better with short hair.

  16. Migdalia says:

    The Miley reasoning would make sense SINCE the VMAs and Rihanna started subduing herself before. Miley and Rihanna have been posting selfies and the like for months. I like her real casual look to the VMAs which doesn’t seem to have any real direction in terms of a dress code. You have Selena Gomez in a gown, Rihanna in jeans, and Gaga in a seashell bra and thong O_o

  17. bns says:

    Or maybe she just likes to dress down every now and then. You people act like she walks around naked all of the time. She has dressed more conservatively in the past.

    Anyway, she was the best part of the VMAs without actually doing anything.

  18. Happy21 says:

    I’m not a RiRi fan, find her desperate and sad; however, I love, love, loved her at the VMAs. She looked subdued and comfortable there. In fact I think she looks her most beautiful when she isn’t trying so hard.

  19. Dethammer says:

    I think between Miley’s performance and Gaga’s butt-floss G-string, Rihanna is seriously reflecting upon the pitfalls and usually short shelf-life of exhibitionism. I wish her increasing happiness, growth, and wisdom.

  20. rtms says:

    I’m pretty sure she was high as a kite hence the chill out attitude through out the night.Of course watching Gaga and Miley make fools of themselves could have slso made her chill. I think she was glad they didn’t ask her to perform.

  21. Emily C. says:

    Maybe she’s being a smart businesswoman and re-inventing herself.

  22. Katie says:

    Hope she keeps this new do. The black pixie really works for her. She wears it well.

  23. Really? says:

    I would love to get a side by side view of Rihanna and Miley’s outfits…Rihanna cool chic and Miley who slapped on a black cat suit and apparently got high and passed through a craft shop and took the first shiney things she found and glued them on herself.

    Who the hell is Miley’s PR and publicist crew? They are crazy. Or maybe we should thank them because it’s hopefully going to force everyone else to class it up in comparison.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      Larry Rudolph is her manager if that helps.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      To be fair, Miley’s red carpet outfit was ’80s Dolce & Gabbana. It was also her best look of the night IMHO. Not that I would wear it even if I did look like that, LOL. But it was better design than her stage outfits, by a country mile.

  24. Maritza says:

    She probably saw how everyone was critizing Miley’s raunchy image and it made her consider changing her own image. Rihanna is beautiful and quite talented, she doesn’t need to expose herself as she does.

  25. fran says:

    i think she was just high? hahaa

  26. UsedToBeLulu says:

    I doubt it is anything more complicated than she is interested in a man who doesn’t approve of her previous life style or way of dressing.

    • Venus says:

      Unfortunately, I think it’s that, too.

      • A DEAR FRIEND says:

        Or maybe she just couldn’t be bothered to get dolled up to an event she wasn’t too enthused in attending??

        Anyway she looked sexy in the slinky black dress she wore to the VMA after parties. I bet the male admirer you’ve conjured up for her approved.

  27. Whatwhatnot says:

    Rihanna has never given a crap about what people think of her so i don’t think she’s changing up based on the feedback from Miley’s ratchet show. Could be she saw how pathetic it looked and had an epiphany.

    -or- It could be that my dear Riri is finally just maturing. I’ve always had a soft spot for her. She had a really intense relationship at a young age that went tragically wrong. I could see how it could make her act out the way she has in the past. I was that way at her age over a break up and it didn’t even involve domestic violence.

    I think she has finally closed the door on CB and got her closure and she’s now 25 (and her frontal lobes are grown in lol) She’s just reaching a different stage in her life and growing up. I’ve always wanted to see her mature and evolve. The time to act up (if any) is usually between 16 and you’re early 20′s. I think she’s over it now.

    • YEP_ITS_HER says:

      I really hope you are right regarding the CB stuff. I am convinced she finally wised up when she realised he was using her to get back in the public’s good graces. I don’t doubt that what she felt for him was genuine but I don’t believe CB loved her. He is far too bitter and hateful. I also doubt he could have coped long term, with her far exceeding him career wise either.

  28. Bella Bella says:

    I agree with the Miley consensus. Rhianna was tweeting with Harry Styles all night. I know this because I have a preteen.

  29. LilyT says:

    Yet still always looks gorgeous.. It just isn’t really fair

  30. Mar says:

    I absolutely love Rhianna’a look here. I have always been a fan- she has the IT factor.

  31. Fan says:

    Doesn’t she know that she looks better this way.

  32. Kath says:

    Maybe she’s homesick? She seemed to have a great time at the Carnival in Barbados and now she’s back on the work treadmill again.

    People give her so much flack for partying etc., but I couldn’t handle her schedule… the endless touring, 2+ hr concerts most nights and recording one album after another.

    Has Rihanna ever actually taken a long break (like 6+ months off)?

    • YEP_ITS_HER says:

      She was positively glowing when she was in Barbados. It was really nice to see. You are right, as far as I know she has never taken 6 months off or a nice long sustained break. Even this mini break before her tour resumes she is still working on other things. It is non stop. However, this is what she signed up for. The mainstream pop industry is a very demanding master and an outdated beast. It has very few ‘sure things’, so when they do have that they will milk that cow dry. It’s the reason One Direction are like on their 3rd album already and are consistently on tour and it’s the reason why Rihanna basically releases an album every year. Look at Beyonce, someone one would class as a certifiable ‘sure thing’, her last album was only 2 years ago (It didn’t sell well), she had a baby after that but her album delays have been due to her and her team struggling to agree on ‘direction’. It is taken so long that she missed the boat to benefit from the Superbowl momentum. So you have a massive star with a die hard fan base with a project that seems to be riddled with self doubt. Because basically she is unsure now, where she fits in and needs to ensure a hit.

      This is why Rihanna works like she does and is a tireless self promoter. She and her team will make for damn sure she keeps up momentum at every turn.

  33. hayley says:

    She had a come-to-Jesus meeting with her attention-seeking self after watching Cyrus’ embarassing display, and finally realized how others saw her.

  34. Lark says:

    She’s 25. For a lot of people, once they hit their mid to late 20s they scale back. It wouldn’t surprise me if she is simply becoming more mature.

  35. laura says:

    She’s super famous, she’s got a clothing line, her songs are catchy as hell, she’s got a great big solid fan base. She doesn’t need to do stupid shit any more.

    Hopefully Miley & Gags enter that phase of their life soon.

  36. nancypants says:

    I think she looks like she has a serious case of the SADs or recently received some very bad news or is just TIRED and worn the hell out.

    I wouldn’t rule out pregnancy but I think she might be ill.

    Even her entourage look kind of sad as if they KNOW and it’s affecting them too.

  37. idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

    Wow, lot of Rihanna fans/sympathizers/apologists here :D

    IMO, this whole “too cool for school” attitude is just as lame and attention-seeking especially at her age. Maturing, smart business woman, would love to see her in movies? You guys are really drinking the Kool-aid…She is getting more unprofessional by the minute, she has a terrible singing voice, and an entitled attitude. Not to mention that she is also quite bullying, sometimes seemingly racist, and all around quite dumb and uneducated. Her “empowered,tough woman” schtick is almost as laughable as Beyawncé’s who never had to do anything by herself in her life, not even holding her own umbrella lol. An empowered woman would never get back with a person who abused her especially so publicly, but would have some dignity which Riri severely lacks.

    Sure, bitchiness is entertaining up to a point, but looking this visibly pissed/high at an awards show… why go at all? Why not take a vacation? Is it because she and Jay know that if she disappears for a longer time, she will meet the same fate and Beyawnce and Lady Caca with people finally getting over her once she stops being daily news?

    • Jenny says:

      I guess a lot of people are drinking the kool-aid and you are drinking the haterade, LOL.
      I think Rihanna looks gorgeous in most of these pics. I haven’t been a fan of hers, but I do have some appreciation for her attitude; I truly believe she has 0 f*cks to give and really does not give a sh*t what people, even her fans, think. Hopefully she is actually done with her naked, attention ho phase.

  38. dahlianoir says:

    PLEASE, please, let it be a wedding with Drake. :D

  39. Meg says:

    I think she saw how desperate miley looked and the look on her face said, ‘jesus, do i look that desperate?’ I think when you see others doing something similar to you it hits home-i don’t like how they look, i don’t want to look like that.
    besides, you’re always saying how sad it is how many self portraits she has online and now that she doesn’t you criticize her? she’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t.