The press tour for "Valerian" has served up plenty of sartorial inspiration from Queen Riri, but it's not her billowy princess dresses making headlines — instead, it's all the speculation that the singer/actress has theoretically gained weight.
Naturally, because the internet has absolutely no chill and assumes that any weight gain can only mean one thing, Twitter thinks Rihanna is pregnant. Shocker.
Rihanna is simply the latest star to be accused of being pregnant because of potential weight gain. Remember Jennifer Aniston's burrito-fueled bloat? What about the amount of times Kate Middleton may or may not have been pregnant with twins? If all those pregnancy rumors were true, Middleton could've had an entire army of royal babies by now.
Instead of dismissing weight gain as, I don't know, a normal thing that sometimes happens to literally everyone, we instead assume that when a normally "fit" woman gains weight, it's because there's a baby on the way. We create imaginary signs of her pregnancy, like noticing that her breasts are larger or that her chin looks different, and claim that it's a foolproof way of telling whether or not a woman is pregnant.
Here's a better explanation: Maybe Rihanna chose to wear a push-up bra. Maybe she didn't contour her chin that day. Maybe off-the-shoulder dresses make our shoulders look rounder. Maybe... who cares?
Reminder: Assuming someone is pregnant because of what they wear or what their body looks like is a form of body-shaming.
While Rihanna hasn't specifically addressed pregnancy rumors, she did post a telling Instagram story of her dancing in a fringe-y bra top and high-waisted skirt. She's not pregnant, y'all — she just wanted to wear a dress that can double as a life raft if need be.