PARRI$ talks Rihanna: “She makes you feel valued and listens to what you have to say.”

Parris Goebel is a part of the multihyphenate generation. Under the moniker PARRI$, the dancer, choreographer, and singer-songwriter is a creative visionary on many levels. She is a choreographer behind Rihanna’s Pour It Up and Bitch Better Have My Money performances at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. In her recent interview with Nylon, she talks about how working with Rihanna looks like.

I also heard that you did a bit of Rihanna’s VMA performance, which part was you?
I did the section with all the girls in the all-black and “Pour It Up” and “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
What was it like working with Rihanna?!
Incredible. She’s so incredible. I have so much respect for her as an artist, as a person. It doesn’t get any better than her. She makes you feel valued and listens to what you have to say. She’s so humble. I really watch her, how she treats people, and she treats people so lovely. You know obviously, you don’t expect that from someone of that status who has got the world in the palm of their hands. She treats everyone amazingly, which is actually, to me, so much more important than the outside—it’s the inside. It was cool because we got her to dance, we really pushed it and worked her hard, and I think she killed it. She nailed it. It was just an awesome experience. I already worked with her on her tour so to come back and do something again was really special.

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