There is no shortage of amazing highlights of Joel Embiid from this NBA season. So much so that he was announced to play in the NBA All-Star game, an honour that comes with certain perks. One of which may have been the ability to woo a superstar like Rihanna, who Embiid had allegedly tried to court in the past but had been rejected.
But Embiid threw enough shade Rihanna's way that she'd surely need an umbrella (ella...ella..ella), saying "She denied me back then, so why go with her again? So I have to pass and move on to the next one". Sounds like he's the rude boy! We can understand his frustration, as she rudely rejected him by saying he should become an All-Star before talking to her. But now that he is one, maybe these photos will convince him to crawl back to her and swallow his new-found pride. After all, why would an NBA All-Star possibly pass on the chance to start a relationship with one of the most successful women in the history of the entertainment industry.
After you finish this list, you may also be left thinking he's not a very bright boy. Because along with some seriously tantalizing pictures of Rihanna, we also include steamy facts and revealing quotes. All of which will make it clear why her social media following has over 130 million followers.
15 What She Likes In A Man
If Joel Embiid does end this list feeling like he needs to give Rihanna a call, then he may want to know what type of qualities she may look for in a man. After all, you'd want to do anything you can to impress someone like Rihanna right?
Thankfully for Embiid, Rihanna revealed what turns her on in an interview with HarpersBazaar "I'm turned on by guys who are cultured. That'll keep me intrigued. They don't have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught". Joel Embiid would do well to do some quick reading and hit wikipedia hard to impress Rihanna.
14 She Knows To Love Her Body
Rihanna knows first-hand what it feels like to have people criticize her for her looks. And while photos like this may leave you feeling amazed at her beauty, Rihanna would be thrilled if instead of thinking about how physically beautiful she is; if you also knew how mentally strong she was: "You have to just accept your body. You may not love it all the way, but you just have to be comfortable with it, comfortable with knowing that that's your body," said Rihanna. She sure looks confident here! This confidence is probably what contributed most to her success, and Joel Embiid should definitely be attracted to this strong and successful woman.
13 She Avoids The Gym But Looks Like This
When you see how Rihanna's body looks in the above photo, it may seem to indicate that she must spend a significant amount of time working out to achieve those results. Surely someone with such a chiseled physique must be hitting the squat rack or benchpress every hour on the hour.
But when discussing how she stays in shape, Rihanna admitted that she isn't the biggest fan of the gym: "I hate going to the gym and doing it the old-fashioned way. I hate anything that's too straightforward, too routine, too familiar. I get bored really, really, quickly." We're sure having a personal trainer would probably help keep her workouts varied! Who better than an NBA All-Star to help her stay on track with her workout program?
12 Fenty Makes NBA Cheques Look Like Peanuts
If Rihanna wanted to spend the rest of her life in the recording studio and on tour she would still retire with more cash than she could ever possibly spend. This tends to happen when you sell as many albums as she has, so it seems unlikely she would ever venture into other businesses.
But Rihanna is also a businesswoman whose beauty line, Fenty, is arguably more popular than any other celebrity out there. It was reported earlier this year that sales could exceed that of Kylie Jenner's own line which has made close to $500 million. Embiid may make bank in the NBA, but it's peanuts in comparison to Rihanna. Maybe he could get with her and ride the gravy train while he retires early from the NBA.
11 She Doesn't Mind Sending Photos
There is no question that if Rihanna and Joel Embiid did find themselves in a relationship that they would need to spend some time apart as they both have busy schedules. But perhaps he'd be inclined to make sure he had her in her phone number when he learns what kinds of photos she sends to the men she has feelings for.
"When you're not with the person you want to be intimate with, a picture is the next best thing. Well, Skype is safer. But a picture lasts a long time," said Rihanna to Cosmopolitan. Unfortunately for Rihanna, doing just that very thing has led to the world seeing her in her birthday suit after the photos leaked.
10 What Revs Her Engine
One of the biggest qualities you can have for a healthy relationship is making sure you are physically compatible. If Joel Embiid did want to try and slam dunk all over on Rihanna, he'd need to make sure they jive in that area.
But if he wants to know what revs her engine, all he needs to do is look at a Rolling Stone interview where Rihanna expressed her preferences "I love to be submissive. Being submissive is really fun. You get to be a little lady, to have somebody be macho". Wow. If that doesn't have Joel Embiid reaching for his phone then maybe he should be reaching for a towel to wipe off the sweat. He probably worked one up from just reading that.
9 She Was A Ninja Turtle For Halloween
If Joel Embiid took a look at Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian's relationship, he would see that the two have embraced some seriously awesome Halloween costumes together; such as Storm and Black Panther.
So maybe after seeing that Rihanna has been cool enough to dress up as Raphael for Halloween it would be enough to realize he needs to be by her side this upcoming Halloween. Though there may be some conflict if he also wanted to go as Raphael! While we don't know how long it would have taken for Rihanna to wash off all that green, we'd hope she felt it was worth the effort. Even if it did take long, he could have always offered to help her get out of the costume, and maybe have some candy.
8 She Puts Money Into Her Love Life
When you're a celebrity one of the best things you can do to have a good time is to go and have a little shopping spree. You just need to do this with the knowledge that the paparazzi is probably going to follow you and the world will also logically find out what you went shopping for.
When Rihanna went out for some time on the town in 2011, she returned with reportedly upwards of $1,500 worth of toys and other equipment that is used in privacy. Given the raunchy nature of some of her concerts, perhaps some of that money went to costumes she wears on stage! That would make sense, but perhaps Joel Embiid wouldn't mind finding out how some of those tools work.
7 She's Not A Hard Date To Impress
One of the reasons why Joel Embiid may have been turned off of the idea of bumping it up with Rihanna is that he may think she could be too high-maintenance. Dating is hard enough as a celebrity, you can imagine it would be even tougher to date another celebrity.
But he might be racing to pick up the phone if he read her interview with Vogue magazine where she let readers know that an hour of entertainment may lead to hours of fun back home "All I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home. He doesn't even have to come up. All I want is a conversation for an hour," said Rihanna. While he may not have to come up to have a fun evening, we imagine Embiid would love to!
6 She Owns Up To Going Commando
The above photo that shows Rihanna wearing a gown to the CFDA Awards has many versions online that are a lot less safe for work than the one we've elected to include. That's because while the outfit could have included support, Rihanna decided to leave it at home. She is a large proponent of being free to show more than society may accept, and she isn't shy about it.
When talking about the dress, Rihanna stated that the additional garment was constricting and just ruined the gown completely. It was more a practical and comfortable decision than a statement. Still, it definitely would have turned Joel Embiid's head if he saw it.
5 She Has Her Own Sense Of Style
Whenever Rihanna decides to debut a different side of herself whether on the red carpet or when she is walking around town, it is sure to get people talking about her. So perhaps it's understandable that Rihanna has been asked in the past about what her own thought process is when she gets dressed: "When I am putting looks together, I dare myself to make something work. I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that's a little off, but I have to figure it out, have to make it me. I think that's the thrill in fashion". Joel Embiid may not care too much about how she gets dressed, but if you know how she dresses then chances are you'll be there when it's time to do the opposite.
4 She Has Over 20 Tattoos
If you have a thing for women with tattoos than it may not be a huge leap to say that Rihanna may be one of the most attractive celebrities in your eyes. When discussing her passion for the art form, Rihanna stated: "I like hanging out in tattoo shops. I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture, and I study it. Sometimes I go with friends, or just by myself. I get rushed, but I don’t care. I don’t take security.” With over 20 tattoos all over her body, there probably aren't many places that are completely free of ink for Rihanna! Joel Embiid is probably kicking himself for not being able to find out just how many that may be.
3 Sitting In A Chair For SNL
You can imagine that one of the best experiences to live through as an actor or musician would be getting the chance to go and appear on Saturday Night Live. And even though Rihanna didn't embrace her acting chops when she appeared on the show in 2012, her music still helped create a great show.
But perhaps even more memorable than the performance she put on was the photo shoot that she engaged in for the night. While that's not the most comfortable way to sit on the chair, comfort probably wasn't her top priority with the pose! Joel Embiid probably wishes there was room on that chair for two.
2 She Looked Amazing On The Big Screen
Rihanna has been making waves in the music industry for years now, but 2017 gave her perhaps her biggest opportunity thus far to enter into the other main entertainment industry, acting. After music, it is the natural next step for any entertainer.
Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets ended up making over $100 million at the box office, helping prove that people were just excited to see Rihanna in any way they could! Seeing this scene on the big screen also may have helped people feel like they got their money's worth. We're sure Joel Embiid is running to buy the DVD so he can watch this scene on repeat and weep over his poor decision making skills.
1 Though She Does Always Feel Stalked
This list is full of positive reasons, but Rihanna knows that privacy is something that is a rare commodity and could be a huge negative for future partners. In fact, in an interview, she stated how the constant paparazzi attention has made her feel: "I feel like I'm being watched. Always. Like, I want to tan somewhere, and I know I probably could never do that. Even if I'm upstairs in my bedroom, and the curtains are pulled, I feel like a paparazzo's outside on a boat somewhere, or somebody's peeping." While Rihanna has shown the world her entire body willingly in the past, that definitely doesn't discredit the frustration she must feel that she can no longer enjoy a private life.