Rihanna Goes Back to Short Hair With Her Latest Hairstyle

Rihanna has had so many iconic beauty moments since first emerging with 2005’s “Pon de Replay.” She started her music career with long curly hair that extended past her shoulders before going on to all kinds of looks like cropped hair and bright-colored wigs. Now, she has a pixie cut, drawing on a popular look from her earlier career.

Rihanna at a fashion event
Rihanna on the red carpet at a fashion award ceremony in December 2019 in London, England | Samir Hussein/WireImage

See Rihanna’s latest hairstyle, here

Going by a report from The Cut, it seems Rihanna debuted the hairstyle on May 6, when she reportedly stepped out to have dinner at a restaurant in Santa Monica, California.

She was seen with the same hairstyle in a photo obtained and published by Page Six on May 18. The outlet noted that Rihanna — dressed in a green color-block hoodie by Telfar with a white bralette, a white mini-skirt, and matching strappy heels — was on her way to get some food at Nobu in West Hollywood. The photo can be found at the Page Six link above.

According to The Cut, Rihanna first had the hairstyle in 2012, famously rocking it to that year’s MTV Video Music Awards along with a simple, white sleeveless gown and a bold red lip. The Huffington Post called the look “perfect.”

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The change comes as Rihanna reportedly gears up to release a new album

The change comes amid a report from The Sun alleging Rihanna has been working on her highly anticipated ninth album. It does not have a name just yet, but her fans have dubbed in R9. Rihanna previously said she hoped to release R9 in 2019, but she’s struggled to balance music with all her other businesses.

“I can’t wait to put something out that I’m really proud of and excited about,” she previously told Access Online when asked about the project . “It probably is gonna be sooner than my fans think, but I’m just gonna leave that alone because I got enough stress, questions, and, ‘R9, when’s the album coming.’ They don’t leave me alone. I haven’t neglected them. Music is still my baby.”

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R9 will be Rihanna’s first studio album since 2016’s Anti, which spawned the hugely popular song “Work.” Content-wise, she mentioned to British Vogue that R9 will have reggae influences, but it’s not limited to one sound.

“I don’t want my albums to feel like themes,” she told the publication. “There are no rules. There’s no format. There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out.” 

“I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything – I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre – now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want,” she continued.

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