Adele’s brilliant essay about Rihanna will inspire you to push some boundaries

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Adele and Rihanna attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Adele has written a powerful essay about her good friend Rihanna for this year’s TIME 100 list.

Last year marked Rihanna’s first foray into the world of cosmetics – and, as far as beauty launches go, it was definitely one of the most successful. 

From the glowing reviews, to its sell-out status, Fenty Beauty set the beauty world alight (not least of all because it launched with a whopping 40 foundation shades available), and is just one of the many reasons that saw Rihanna named on TIME magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential People list.

The list, which was released on Thursday morning, featured a variety of tributes dedicated to the honorees. Rihanna’s, though, was accompanied by a glowing essay penned by none other than her good friend and peer, Adele.

And it’s safe to say that the Hello singer didn’t hold anything back.

She began by praising RiRi’s early career and “well deserved” conquering of the music industry, saying: “I actually can’t remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it.”

Adele continued: “She is one year older than me, but I feel like she’s been around forever. The progression of her superstardom feels steady, well deserved and extremely natural. She burst onto the scene with the absolute banger that is Pon de Replay in 2005, so young and breathtakingly beautiful. But the first time it felt like she made everyone sit up was with Umbrella.

“It crossed her over to every platform and into everyone’s lives. It felt like she had truly arrived, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Even more, she has designed and conquered an entire lane of her own. The innovative and groundbreaking world of Rihanna that no one else will ever be safe in and get away with copying.

“She makes her own rules and bends ours.”

Adele ended her missive on a personal note, opening up about the kind of person Rihanna is on a personal level.

“Whenever I’ve met her, she’s been the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon,” she wrote.

“She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after. But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a f***.”

Adele finished by saying: “She’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever.”

All hail the power of female friendship!

Image: Getty


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.