Expert Opinion: Racy Rihanna Is Not A Good Role Model For Young Fans

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Hollywood counselor Lisa Haisha weighs in on Rihanna's recent comments to the UK magazine Women's Fitness where she said of dealing with her body image, "My way probably won’t work for most people… but the more I got naked the more comfortable I felt.”

When I think of Rihanna, I think of sex, talent, and feminine stature.  She started her career at sixteen-years-old and was a star after her debut album. A few records later, her star power never waned, just building as she shifted gears to a more rebellious image. 

Recently, she tweeted some skin-flashing photos of herself. I feel this is okay behind closed doors, but in the public, she should understand that her actions have strong repercussions with her young fan base. What she says and does affects the millions of tweens who follow her, for better or for worse.   

She’s admired because she’s committed, talented and extremely successful.  She’s her own boss and doesn’t need to please anyone. This is not a gimmick; this is her brand, and her image.

However, this could be interpreted by her Twitter followers in completely different ways.  For example, for the many tweens that follow her, they could see this as legitimizing their doing nude photo shoots themselves.  This is harmful because they don't have the power, the control, or even the understanding of sexuality.  They can be easily manipulated by others, especially with sleazy photographers or boyfriends saying “I could make you a star,” and will show them images of a nude Rihanna and say that it's sexy and they could be the next Rihanna, which will open the door to sexual abuse, possible nude pics floating around on the internet and on porn sites, causing humiliation and embarrassment, and false hope of becoming the next big thing.

This is particularly relevant considering the media coverage around her and Chris Brown. It shows girls that it's okay to be a sex object, and get hit.  Some even would consider it an ego boost when an overbearing boyfriend hits them out of jealousy, feeling that it must be love.

Hopeful starlets will feel that they can't make it without taking their clothes off.  But this isn't true - there are many ways to be famous without tweeting nude photos around to get attention.

Lisa Haisha is a Hollywood counselor who founded Soul Blazing Sanctuary in Sherman Oaks, California, and is recognized as one of Hollywood's leading therapists and humanitarians.

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  • Rockson Adade
    Rockson Adade

    I 'll luv to see more of u rihana I luv u

  • paus
    paus

    I will help brush the sand off:)

  • paul
    paul

    hot

  • paul
    paul

    very hot

  • paul
    paul

    hot

  • jamo
    jamo

    gorgeous

  • jamo
    jamo

    down just a little bit

  • jamo
    jamo

    your one hot girl and naughty really naughty

  • jamo
    jamo

    your doing it again

  • jamo
    jamo

    ah stop it you sexy thing

  • jamo
    jamo

    i would beg like a dog

  • jamo
    jamo

    you naughty girl

  • jbd59
    jbd59

    kisses for that sweet ass.

  • jbd59
    jbd59

    wanna bury my face in that sexy ass.

  • Cefrin Elerby
    Cefrin Elerby

    Nice, real nice. I wish i were her man..

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    lista gratis barcelona

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  • Stephanie Jonathan
    Stephanie Jonathan

    love the hair and makeup! I wanna be done up as a princess of china!

  • Leonardo Belens
    Leonardo Belens

    put money on my hands and panties on the floor

  • Leonardo Belens
    Leonardo Belens

    praticamente a usurpadora

  • Tatum
    Tatum

    I agree, she's just turned into such utter trash! She used to be normal lovely girl. Now she's trying to hard to sell sex and drugs - get over yourself Rihanna! You're not the only person in the world who has sex - everyone does!!

  • Abayeneme Queen
    Abayeneme Queen

    shame..her parents must be ashamed of her

  • mileyismylife
    mileyismylife

    what a hottie!

  • xedos
    xedos

    no where in her contract say role model. you Americans like to crown someone a role model as they get some fame or a hit record. Everyone likes black stuff when it’s not on a black person. Ask Elvis. Ask Led Zepplin. Ask the “Justins” – Timberlake and Bieber. Our music, asses, lips, hair, dance moves are all crass vulgarities until some non-white person “cleans them up” and “makes them accessible” by doing the exact same thing – but being white while doing it. And these days, you can be white and completely sincere about your love of R&B or Hip Hop or having a fat ass and society will still gladly put you on that “Oh, but a white person did it this time” pedestal – whether you asked for it or not. And they’ll go there “oooing” and “aaahing” as if your mentors and predecessors meant nothing. As if your pop n’ lock routine came to them mature and fully-formed like Venus from the sea foam.

  • xedos
    xedos

    and if rihanna goes away all of this will stop . really ,I think their are more important things to write about. you're a lazy writer you just pick rihanna because she's an easy target she a pop star. people said the say about Madonna in the 80's and 90's and all of us survive and the world did not end. get a life please

  • Mary Lou Bethune
    Mary Lou Bethune

    good thought from the ladies above but R is a vulgar - she can do what she wants but one wonders why she wants to be so vulgar. There is a difference between sexy and being trashy.

  • Crys Roper
    Crys Roper

    How about you don't let popstars raise your kids and teach them to think for themselves. Just a thought.

  • Stephanie Jonathan
    Stephanie Jonathan

    Well duh...but I don't think she ever signed on to be a role model. That isn't her responsibility...their parents should be the role models. Rihanna is a sexy beast and she knows it. Eye candy for us adults (Y)

 

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