Everything We Know About Selfies We Learned from Rihanna

By: Lara James
Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR
Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR
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Rihanna is the kind of celebrity made for Instagram. Hyper-famous, fashionable, and talented as well as outrageous and controversial, her account is nothing but her. However, the magazine re-grams are not what the fans are after: we want her selfies and she does provide. When Rihanna isn’t performing and making critically acclaimed albums or debatable music videos that send reporters into a frenzy, she’s teaching us how to manifest the perfect selfie.

We took notes on the techniques she uses to achieve selfie excellence, get familiar, pick up the new SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee, snap and tag #SPKSlurpeeSelfie with the post. If #BadGalSlurpee feels right too, go ahead and double hashtag.

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Look at that makeup and those thick curls. This is obviously post-red carpet in her dimly lit hotel room. Before she whips the makeup off, Rihanna makes sure to take the exact shot she wants, because you cannot let the paparazzi control your image.

Wit my woe @djhutchy

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Wearing a Swarovski crystal bikini and headdress at Crop Over in Barbados, Rihanna poses with friends? Fans? Smile and show that you can roll with anyone around you for the sake of the selfie. Rihanna is for the people.

And she gon' shake it…

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This shot is like the home brew version of US Weekly’s section “Stars: They’re Just Like Us!” In this case, yes, they go home for Christmas and dress up in dorky face makeup and reindeer antlers to make their families laugh.

I like this filter better @adamselman

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Big ups to Rihanna for the reflection action, as well as the slight Americana coloring created by the Amaro filter.

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This selfie proves that you do not have to purse your lips and raise your chin to abnormal tilts to achieve a great photo. In fact, you can have a makeup-free visage and an awkward pursed lip.

I'd rather

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Here we learn how to successfully take a selfie that comes at you from the most unflattering angle: below the chin. Pull the camera back, cover your neck and chin with a mane of wild hair, and snap mid-blink.