Insta-hit: How a desi girl made it to Rihanna's video

Rihanna sent Sanam a direct Instagram message inviting her to collaborate on an unspecified project


Entertainment Desk July 07, 2015
Rihanna sent her a direct Instagram message inviting her to collaborate on an unspecified project. PHOTO: FILE

RiRi’s bizzare music videos are always a hit on the internet. This time when bad girl Rihanna released a video of her song B**ch Better Have My Money, curious cats were eager to find out who the mysterious brown henchwoman in the video was.

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One name kept repeating in the nonstop tweets- Sanam.
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Sanam is a 25-year-old Seattle resident who caught Rihanna’s eye on Instagram. Three months ago, Sanam received an Instagram message notifying her that @badgalriri had begun following her account. Days later, Rihanna sent her a direct Instagram message inviting her to collaborate on an unspecified project.
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In an interview with Vice, Sanam revealed that Rihanna was actually nervous to approach her.
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“The first day I met her, I was like, “How did you find me?’ She was like, ‘I saw you on my Explore page.’ … She was like, ‘Just thought you were so cool, and I was like, I don’t know if I should message her or not. I don’t know if she’s going to be down.’ I’m just sitting there, like, ‘Are you crazy? How could you be nervous to message me?’” stated Sanam.
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Sanam is a visual artist at a plant store and had never worked in a music video before Riri approached her. Now Sanam's on a first-syllable basis with Riri and rising fast with the major internet fame.

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When asked about her experience of working with the pop queen, Sanam said, “So while she might try to murder her accountant and his wife in her music videos, Rihanna’s a total sweetheart in real life.
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“She’s so sweet. She was showering us with compliments. She is so real and down-to-earth, which is the corniest thing to say about a famous person, but she really is.”
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Rihanna instagrammed an animated version of her song BBHMM, made by a PoptoonsTv
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COMMENTS (8)

TiffinBox | 6 years ago | Reply @ABC, hate truth or suffering from identity crisis? Right on that, once a, always a. Here is what it is "The word 'desi' evolved from the Sanskrit term 'desha', meaning country. With time its usage shifted more towards referring to people, cultures, and products of a specific region", at least make an effort to search. @doctor, thank you. If ET let this comment pass, I'll surely think about writing my comments in Hindi from now on.
Doctor | 6 years ago | Reply @TiffinBox: Wow, impressed. A suggestion: Why don't you start writing your comments on ET in Hindi?
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