Rihanna isn’t used to being called a role model. She joked about that “bad gal” rep while accepting the Rock Star Award at Black Girls Rock! on Friday, which aired last night on BET.
“It’s a very important moment in my life, in my career, to be honored, to be celebrated just because I’m Black,” she said, “We just do what we love and we try to do our part in our community and thank you so much for celebrating us in a world that doesn’t celebrate us enough.”
She gave thanks to her mom and grandmother for being examples of strong black women. Then, she called out the one thing that’s kept her successful–being herself:
“I think the thing that’s kept me sane the thing that’s kept me humble, the thing that’s kept me successful is being myself. I only know how to do that. This world is so big and it can be so confusing at times that you tend to forget. You tend to be so indented or tainted by society and the only thing that’s kept me going is being myself. And the minute you learn to love yourself, you would not want to be anybody else.”
“You know, ‘role model’ is not the title they like to give me, you know, but that’s why tonight is so important to me because I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle. That is it. Just be yourself, it’s the easiest thing to be. All girls rock. Black girls? We just on another level.”