The debate is still currently underway; there are a few hours left to vote in @boopyape's poll of whether you've been correctly or incorrectly saying her name. (With three hours left, the percentage of those who've been pronouncing it correctly is a surprisingly robust 58 percent. ) For those struggling to change their ways, luckily, it turns out Rihanna has given us a way to get around it all along: No wonder her Instagram handle is @badgalriri, not @rihanna.
Nearly a week had gone by by the time a Twitter user with the handle @boopyape tweeted "so we've been pronouncing Rihanna's name wrong this whole time," which quickly made enough rounds to become the subject of a story on Buzzfeed the next morning.
For the record: It's "Ree-anna," not "Ree-ah-na," as Rihanna was first documented clarifying all the way back in 2012. (She also posted a video of herself correcting a friend's pronunciation in 2015. ) And yet, somehow, it only began to sink in this week, when British Vogue posted a video of the 31-year-old singer-slash-designer introducing herself—and even then, it still took some time.
Over the past seven years, Rihanna has released two no. 1 albums, won five Grammy Awards, appeared in six movies, been awarded by Harvard, fallen in love with a billionaire, launched a highly successful beauty line, and made fashion history as the first woman of color to helm a maison under the world's largest luxury group, LVMH.
By then, the discourse had already been split into two warring factions: those insisting that the "we" only refers to Americans, not Brits, and those insisting that Brits are just as guilty of mispronouncing Rihanna's name as the rest.
Take notes. https://t.co/8BTMkAb2No— W magazine (@wmag) May 31, 2019
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