Rihanna has said that the beginning of her career felt claustrophic, and that she wasn't able to truly be herself.
Rihanna describes the beginning of her career as "claustrophobic." Def Jam execs wouldn't let her wear anything too revealing, or even red lipstick, in efforts to cater to a younger demographic. "I feel like I was really really protected," she has said. "Really guarded with myself. I feel like they were giving me the blueprint and I couldn't get with that."