Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 3.47.09 PMRihanna’s year has started out on a good foot, with her upcoming movie premiere for Home and being named ambassador for Dior. During a recent press conference for the Dreamworks film, Rihanna shared some interesting thoughts about her life.

On respect: “The more we respect ourselves the more men will respect us, I have both sides to me and I think most women do. We are strong but they are very vulnerable as well. For me, I get very fierce and passionate about my career and about my family. But there are also things that make me become a little girl. Like, I love balloons, that definitely really brings out the little girl in me.”

On being strong: “I think women are way stronger than they know, or sometimes they do know but they don’t always feel like being strong. Sometimes, you’re like, ‘Can I get a pass?’”

On Tip: “Tip is so bold. And the way she dresses and how she wears her hair is not perfect and I feel like little girls should feel comfortable being that way, being strong and being themselves.”

The main point I find interesting is her respectability comment about women. Honestly, I think it’s a load of crock. No matter how much you respect yourself as a woman, there is going to always be someone out there who will attempt to disrespect you. Now how you choose to handle that disrespect is another story.

In a perfect world, women would get the respect they deserve 24/7, but even the Rihannas of the world, occasionally will be disrespected by loved ones, or even those with a finger on their career. Her comments remind me of Bill Cosby’s ‘pull up your pants’ nonsense and respectability politics when it comes to black people eradicating stereotypes.

No matter how much you respect yourself, someone is always going to try to push the envelope and challenge that. Best believe it.

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