Rihanna has been playing quite the exhibitionist, especially lately, flaunting her curves around via revealing ensembles (think sheer shirts, barely there bikinis, a trench coat and nothing else, and the list goes on) and through some pretty provocative, skin-baring Twitter photos. While those tweets have been tagged as being a part of the love triangle fight that's been going on between her, her ex Chris Brown and his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, it appears there is way more behind Ri Ri's willingness to show it all, not only in the Twitter-verse but also during public appearances. And the reason may be quite unexpected!
The "We Found Love" singer has been accused of displaying her assets in an effort to "win" back Brown, or at least make him jealous while spiting Tran. Others have pegged Rihanna's skin-is-in showdown as a play for general attention--this rationale has also been used to explain Ri Ri's dare-to-bare partner in crime, Miley Cyrus' show-off moments.
However, a source close to the songstress recently revealed that these reports have it at least partially wrong. "Rihanna will continue to flaunt her body until she is 100 years old. She loves her body and she loves showing it off. She's very liberated and she feels empowered by her beauty and curves," the insider admitted. So while Ri Ri "loves playing the role of the seductress," this source seems to think she's exhibiting all as a form of strength. It's an interesting perspective, as many view stripping down as more of an objectification of the female form rather than its empowerment.
Still, if this insider is right, Ri Ri still has a relatively positive message hidden behind her sometimes way-too-provocative and offensive ensembles and photos. "She thinks all women should indulge and enjoy being a woman, even if they are older or heavier," the source said to Hollywood Life. "She believes the female body should be honored and celebrated. Yes, she does love attention, but she's also a very confident, strong young woman."
That said, there are certainly other ways to "honor" and "celebrate" curves without leaving so little to the imagination. To each her own, though. Ri Ri is firmly on the "if you've got it, flaunt it" side!