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Is Rihanna setting a bad example?

BEFORE A photoshoot for Esquire magazine, the 23-year-old Rihanna wrote on her Twitter page that she had been restricting her food intake.

On Wednesday she said in a message directed at her fans she refers to as her navy: “#RihannaNavy I shot my first cover for Esquire yesterday with Russell James #rockstars*** Not much preparation for that besides wax+starve!!”

The message prompted some of her fans to question her actions.

Twitting directly at the Bajan beauty, one fan wrote: “@rihanna starve?? why?? thats a bad message to your fans ri-ri im disappointed”[sic]”

But despite the outcry from the fan, Rihanna didn’t offer any answers, but later tweeted about her next photocall with another publication, British Vogue.

Despite last week’s message, the Umbrella singer has always talked about the appreciation of her curves and recently blasted a reality TV who said he was launching diet pills to “manage anorexia”.

Replying to Kenneth Tong’s tweets, Rihanna wrote: “This is exactly why girls are doing everything to destroy their bodies!”

The latest Twitter blunder is the latest in a string of controversy that has followed the star.

She recently had to defend her music video Man Down, which shows the singer being raped and her later taking revenge by gunning down her assailant, against Parents Television Council criticism after it was released.

She told Glamour magazine: “I want to set the right example and, at the same time, live my life.

“I feel like pop stars can’t be rock stars anymore because they have to be role models, and it takes the fun out of it for us, because we just want to have fun with art”, she added.

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