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Students react to Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime performance

Students watched singer, businesswoman and actress Rihanna perform during halftime at Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.

Amanda Arostegui, a junior visual and sound media major, said Rihanna’s performance was “amazing, especially after not seeing her sing for years.” 

Arostegui also said she was surprised during Rihanna’s performance.

“I think the most surprising part of her performance was her announcing her pregnancy and showing off the new Fenty setting powder,” Arostegui said.  

Arostegui said she was fond of Rihanna’s outfit, especially the choice of colors. 

“I think the red and white she wore in her performance was a nice ode to her ‘ANTI’ album.” 

Arostegui said that her only problem with the performance was that “it felt really short.” 

Alexandra Cherry, a junior biology and philosophy double major, said she also enjoyed Rihanna’s performance.   

“It was very high energy, especially with the dancers,” Cherry said. “I think she had really strong vocals.”  

Cherry said she was inspired by Rihanna balancing motherhood and performing at the halftime show.  

“I really, really respect coming back into the music industry after a six-year hiatus, especially while pregnant,” Cherry said. “It’s very inspiring to see her succeed as a singer, businesswoman and now as a new mother, and I think that’s very inspiring for women.”  

Similar to Arostegui, Cherry said she did not like how short the performance was.  

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“The length was a little disappointing, but now knowing that she’s pregnant, it is much more understandable,” Cherry said.  

Isabella Joseph, a junior business management and economics double major, said she was confused at first when Rihanna performed with “less gusto than usual.” 

“She wasn’t dancing as much until I realized she was pregnant,” Joseph said. “I was wondering why she wasn’t giving it her all.” 

Joseph said she was inspired by Rihanna’s outfit because “it made a statement far beyond music.”

“I thought the integrity she had to wear an outfit that literally covered her from head to spoke volumes, especially as a woman in our society today who is very objectified and sexualized,” Joseph said. 

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