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Wowed by Sanam's selfie, Rihanna cast her in a video

The enigmatic brown girl who helped Rihanna knock model Rachel Roberts unconscious with a single swing of her wine bottle is Sanam, who is 25-year-old Seattle resident.

Sanam prior to BBHMM, has never had any experience acting, in music videos or otherwise. Three months ago, she received an Instagram message notifying her that @badgirlriri (Rihanna’s official Instagram account) had begun following her account. Days later, the pop queen sent her a mysterious Instagram message inviting her to collaborate on an unspecified project.

Turns out, Rihanna had been wowed by a selfie Sanam posted, and wanted to cast her in the video for her new single.

Talking to VICE, Sanam revealed how she made it to Rihanna’s video by saying that one morning, she got a DM from her on Instagram asking to let her know if she is interested working with her.

“I had no idea what she was talking about. I was just freaking out, because Rihanna is messaging me on Instagram, telling me that she thinks I’m cool”, she added. 

“Then I got another message from someone who works for the production company that made the video, and they were like, “We want to put you in Rihanna’s video! Send us an email or give us a call.”

Summing the things, Sanam said Rihanna followed her on Instagram on a Wednesday night, and then she was in LA on Friday morning.

Sanam praised Rihanna by saying that “She’s so sweet. She was showering us with compliments. She is so down-to-earth, which is the corniest thing to say about a famous person, but she really is.”

When asked that how was it like on the set? Sanam said that she was super sick the entire time, and the first three days she lost her voice adding “I was just like, I’m on the verge of death right now, but this is the best week of my life.”

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About the concept of the video, Sanam said “For the first few days, I had a general idea of what was going to happen. We’re going to be kidnapping this person and you guys are going to be her henchmen and you just have to be really tough. I think the term they used was “bad bitch.” When they told me more about the video, I was like, Holy shit. Knowing Rih, I knew this shit was going to be super controversial.”


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