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."
Rihanna has said that the beginning of her career felt claustrophic, and that she wasn't able to truly be herself.