In an intimate interview with The New York Times, Rihanna opened up in ‘T’ magazine in which she talked about what turns her on, her phobias, googling childbirth, and racism.
When speaking on what turns her own, Rihanna explained her idea of what a man needs.
‘‘Guys need attention.’’ ‘‘They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.’’
‘‘I’m turned on by guys who are cultured. That’ll keep me intrigued. They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught.
When speaking on race and racism, she touched on her experiences dealing with race in the U.S. after moving to New York from Barbados.
“You know, when I started to experience the difference — or even have my race be highlighted — it was mostly when I would do business deals,” said Rihanna. “And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing.”
“[I]t’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting, and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations. But I have to bear in mind that…people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way — they’ve been programmed to think a black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter. For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging.”
To read the full interview, click here.