It’s rare that we talk about someone being too thin, unless they have an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. But Rihanna is experiencing a feeling many black women who aren’t thick in all the “right” places deal with on a regular basis, feeling like they’re too thin.
Speaking with Us Magazine about her turbulent schedule and the nonstop commitments that have landed her in the hospital for exhaustion on numerous occasions, Rihanna admitted that her obligations have taken a serious toll on her physically. She told the mag the night of the Met Ball when she was later admitted for fatigue: “I got no sleep.It’s harsh on your body!”
“I’m a size 0 — and not happy about it!” she said. “I went way too far. I prefer myself a bit chunkier. I want my old butt back!”
It’s hard to feel sorry for Rihanna when you think about what a gorgeous frame she has as a size O, 2, 4, or higher, but that doesn’t mean her concern is illegitimate. We know how black women are praised for the booty and though she can likely get hers back in no time, not all of us are so genetically lucky.
The fact that she says she went too far also speaks to an issue of Rihanna not taking care of herself—which we assumed when we heard the hospitalization rumors—but her admittance sounds like a much-needed recognition of a problem. Unfortunately she’s only focused on the butt when there are a lot more important aspects of her health that may be suffering from this weight loss. On the other hand, it’s good to see a woman realizing she’s not a healthy size and not wanting to stay there despite Hollywood’s admiration of the size zero minorities.
Rihanna knows her body better than anyone else and if she says size zero is too small then it’s too small, but hopefully she can lay off the blow, the reckless parties, and the media circuit long enough to get her “chunky butt” back in a healthy way.