We'd argue that Rihanna is one of the most relatable unrelatable people. The 30-year-old Barbadian superstar divides her time between touring the world as a multiplatinum recording artist and standing at the helm of her burgeoning fashion and beauty empires, both dubbed Fenty. Yet when you listen to her talk, you immediately feel as if you're in the presence of a friend; she's strikingly laid-back, down to earth, and real—so much so that you almost can't believe she's as famous as she is (her Instagram stories are exhibit A).
This candor is perfectly encapsulated in her reaction to turning 30. "OK, so now that I'm 30, are there things I'm supposed to do?" she told Vogue in its recent cover story. "Should I be worried? Should I be freezing my eggs? What do you do at 30?!" While one would assume that, simply by virtue of being Rihanna, you get to skip birthday anxiety entirely, her reaction reminds us just how normal she actually is.
Anxieties aside, a few things have changed for the singer since turning the big 3-0 back in February. Not only is she in a relationship (though she wouldn't confirm the name of her partner), she describes a "much bigger sea of change" in regards to her career and how she spends her time. "Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth," she says of her newfound commitment to a healthy work-life balance. "Now, when I come to work, I'm all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by. I'm glad I'm taking the time. I'm happy."
The woman known as "Bad Gal Riri" on Instagram has also pledged to take better care of herself since turning 30. As the magazine reports, Rihanna celebrated her birthday in New York but was tucked into bed well before 4 a.m. (which is early for the self-proclaimed night owl). She also woke up early enough to see her friends and family off to the airport, sans hangover.
While we applaud Rihanna for her health efforts, her fully-developed sense of self is what we're most in awe of; Rihanna has been unabashedly authentic since she came on the scene in the early 2000s. "Rihanna is so bravely authentic. She doesn't care what people think of her; she's fully invested in being herself,” said Ocean's 8 director Gary Ross of her personality. "She also has a seriousness of purpose and focus that not a lot of people have. It's all about the work, and it doesn't come with any excess personal baggage."
Head over to Vogue for the full cover story, and watch Rihanna's refreshing candid makeup tutorial with the magazine below.