Will Young - Will Young: Rihanna Isn't A Good Role Model

Will Young doesn't think Rihanna is a good role model for women in music.

The 'Jealousy' hitmaker admitted although the Bajan singer - whose controversial video to hit track 'S&M' was banned in 11 countries - is a ''brilliant pop star'', he doesn't think her lyrics her ''empowering'' for young girls.

He said: ''I don't think Rihanna is a massively great role model for women, her lyrics aren't empowering.

''She's a brilliant pop star and recording artist but her lyrics are not empowering - young girls have to listen to those lyrics.

''Women in a patriarchal society should be empowering and owning their bodies; I don't think Rihanna is. I feel quite strongly about this.''

However, Will praised the likes of Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and Grace Jones for ''challenging the female form'' in music.

He added in an interview with OMG!: ''Image wise Lady Gaga is empowering. I'm more interested in women like Annie Lennox or Grace Jones, people who have challenged the female form who have owned it and brought it forward.''


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But Annie Lennox and Grace Jones both look like men! Why can a woman only be empowered if she has a body like a man's? I'm not saying that Rihanna is "empowering" (I think that word is too often mis-used) but I certainly don't think it's empowering for women to be given role models whose bodies they cannot naturally duplicate; a woman's body is (typically) a specific shape for reproductive reasons. That men have taken and fetishised that shape during previous eras (i.e, the emphasis on a small waist/large hips, etc) is none of women's concern. By removing a natural feminine shape, you do not automatically empower women - on the contrary, you sublimate them by not allowing them the expression of their natural form.
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I think that Rihanna really has something for the young girls.She is talented, and has a beautifull presence in the world for the young. When she's gone, you have experienced real style and beauti.
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