The 22-year-old, who is currently on a gruelling world tour, has some of the longest legs in show business and is famed for her slender frame.
However the pop star, real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that the fashion industry is not giving a ‘healthy’ message to women.
Speaking to You magazine she said: ‘You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins.’
‘They know that if we see an outfit on a mannequin in a shop window we will love it and want to buy it whatever size we are. That’s why they have size zero models – they want to sell clothes.’
The diva also said that women should not aspire to look like the models seen in shop windows.
‘You have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy.’
The star also confessed that though it’s important to focus more on health than image, she does have a weakness for tattoos revealing she has a whopping 13 inkings on her body.
‘I have thirteen at the moment – a music note on my ankle, a skull with a bow on its head behind my ankle, a Sanskrit prayer here (going down her hip) and a ‘Freedom in Christ’ in Arabic writing here on my wrist – oh, and a gun!'
'I will probably carry on until I run out of cool little places to put them.’
Kudos to Rihanna for speaking up against unhealthy body image, but unfortunately, the mindset that models should be skinny is so ingrained in all of us and in society that I just cannot see this changing any time soon. As far as I'm concerned, as long as a brand does not endorse severely underweight or unhealthy-looking models, I am okay with it. Not using thin models? Not really possible, in my opinion.