Singer Rihanna refuses to wear skimpy clothes for videos and photoshoots because she's determined to make it on her music alone. The R+B star recently said no to a German magazine when she learned editors wanted her to pose topless. She's somewhat modest for one thing, but also fears that she won't set a good example for her fans if she gives in.
"I don't like to wear things (that are) too skimpy..." she said. "If I do shorts on the bottom, it's gotta be something very conservative at the top. If it's skimpy at the top, it's gotta be long jeans or something. I like to balance it out. I won't do short shorts and short top."
"That's what I admire so much about Alicia Keys. She became so successful off of just her music. She was really conservative about her style at first."
Rihanna can always expect a backlash in her native Barbados if she wears anything too revealing - as she recently discovered. She explains, "I went to the beach and I had on a one-piece swimsuit with jeans, but the swimsuit, obviously, it had the back out and stuff, the sides out."
"They took the picture and they made it look like it was a top that was really revealing... There were call-in (radio) programs about it... It was a big deal for, like, three weeks straight - talking about I'm not setting a good example."