Rihanna's Blonde Lob Is All You Need to See Today

Chop chop!

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Happy birthday, Mr. President Emmanuel Macron. No, it's not the president of France's official birthday, but if I was the first person to see Rihanna rock a major new hairstyle I would consider the day a celebration.

On Thursday, January 25, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were spotted outside the Élysée Palace in Paris after meeting with President Macron. While their businesslike outfits (Rihanna wore a Saint Laurent coat and pencil skirt while her beau chose a brown sweater and black dress pants) certainly turned heads, most of the attention was on Rihanna's actual head. Yes, she has a lob.

According to photographic evidence, Rihanna's hair was recently cut to fall right at her shoulders. She styled the look with soft waves and a side part—a fairly breezy look for such a momentous occasion.


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Less than a month ago, the Grammy winner wore her hair in extra-long braids as she vacationed in Aspen with Rocky and their sons, Riot and RZA. Since then, she's shown up across the world in Paris, where the braids were gone and her honey blonde locks were once again on full display, accessorized with a hat at the Christian Dior show. Hours later, she wore them in a sleek middle part while out to dinner.

While this isn't Rihanna's first time meeting the French leader (she also sat down with Macron in 2017 and 2018), this is the first time she's met him while blonde. Based on the photo above, the "FourFiveSeconds" singer's hair is even lighter than the hue she's been rocking. It could be the lighting, but we might have a blonder Rihanna on our hands.

Although I'm not sure when the cut (and potential dye job) came into play, I do know it was a good move. Rih, ç'est magnifique.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.