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Rihanna is no stranger to using her position for positivity, as we've seen with her inclusive make up and underwear ranges. 

The superstar will be starring in the female-led Ocean's 8, alongside an amazing cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham-Carter – locs and all. 

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If you're a true fan, you'd have noticed Rihanna's butt-length faux locs in 2016, and while it's not crazy to assume that she just wanted that look (cause Rihanna can do whatever she wants, duh), it turns out, the hair change was actually for her role in Ocean's 8. 

Rihanna specifically asked for her character to have this hairstyle, to make Nine Ball, more diverse and personal. Rihanna kept her bajan accent in the movie, with the intention for Nine Ball to "be a Carribean girl who just happens to live in America". 

Speaking to Refinery 29 about this hairstyle choice, Rihanna's hair stylist said: 

"We thought it would be strong. Her locs would maintain that tie to Africa. She'd keep her accent. She wasn't just going to be some American girl in this movie. Nine Ball is still a Caribbean girl that just happens to be in America."

This is not her first time breaking boundaries in film, as her character in Home provided young black girls everywhere a chance to see themselves in a way that was rarely done in animation. You can always count on Rihanna to create a bold moment of representation, we really don't deserve her! 

We're super excited to see Riri in Ocean's 8 this weekend – in fact, excuse us while we watch the trailers over and over again!