Once a singer known for her catchy pop tracks, Rihanna has blossomed over the course of her career into a trendsetting fashion and beauty mogul as well. She plays by her own rules and isn’t afraid to go against the grain in her style and career choices. “I don’t do things for response or controversy,” she has said. “I just live my life.”

Based on her wildly individualistic personality, Rihanna is an Enneagram Type Four and Myers-Briggs’ ISFP. Here’s more about her bold personality. 

Rihanna’s Enneagram: Type 4: The Individualist 

Enneagram Fours march to the beat of their own drum and don’t cave to pressure; fans have been begging for Rihanna’s next album for five years, but she is in no rush. A daring fashion icon, she also starts trends and never follows them -- from her oversize silhouettes to bright, monochromatic jewel tones. She even pioneered a first-of-its-kind, ultra-inclusive makeup line for all skin colors. Talk about embracing individuality! 

Outwardly: Spotting the Four

  • Unique: Especially in appearance, they tend to stand out from the crowd. Highly individualistic about their sense of style. Rihanna has often been lauded for her fashion sense, and is an award-winning designer. 
  • Artistic: Enneagram Fours often have passions that encourage creativity and self-expression. Rihanna has talked about how her mood influences her art. “Whatever I'm feeling, whatever I'm going through, whatever mood I'm in,” she’s said. “If I'm feeling like dancing or clubbing, then it will be reflected in the music. If I'm feeling dark and vulnerable, then it will reflect in the music, too.”
  • Compassionate: Fours tend to be understanding of others’ quirks and flaws, and empathetic toward their struggles. They respect vulnerability in all its forms. “It’s tougher to be vulnerable than to actually be tough,” she’s said in the past. 
  • Quirky: Fours often have an offbeat personality and sense of humor, both of which endear them to friends. Rihanna has said people noted how her image has 
  • Reluctant: They may take time to open up to others, and fear not being accepted as their true selves. Rihanna has shared how the hectic nature of her lifestyle has made her reluctant to start relationships, leading to loneliness.

Inwardly: Four Values of the Four

  • Authenticity: Fours pride themselves on being real, and expressing themselves as authentically as possible through their words and actions.
  • Self-Actualization: Fours always want to grow deeper in their understanding of themselves to maximize growth. In 2019, Rihanna noted, “I’m definitely feeling a shift,” she says. “I’m growing up. There’s things that I’m paying attention to that I’ve never paid attention to.” 
  • Innovation: Fours love breaking the mold. They do not like to do things the way they’ve always been done, and would rather try to improve upon existing practices. 
  • Emotional Expression: Fours want to be free to share their innermost selves. Rihanna has talked about how she does this through her music, and will continue that trend on her latest album.

TypeFinder ISFP: The Composer

I: Introverted

From her album releases to her personal life, Rihanna keeps things close to the chest -- and always keeps fans guessing. Like many introverts, she can be hard to get to know. She’s said that many people have ideas of her that don’t match up with reality, and has expressed how much she likes her solitude among crowds in London. “When I walk into those places, I am invisible. And nothing makes me feel better than being invisible.”

S: Sensing

With a keen eye for fashion and trendsetting, and her talent as a performer, Rihanna is at home in the physical world. She lives in the moment, and thrives in the unknown.  

F: Feeling

Rihanna is empathetic, with a heart for humanitarian causes. She regularly uses her platform for good; her foundation, for instance, donated $5M to coronavirus relief just after the pandemic began last year. She is guided by her feelings, not logic.

P: Perceiving 

Rihanna is adaptable and ever-evolving, embracing change and refusing to remain stagnant. She’s gone from pop singer to fashion and beauty mogul over the course of her long career. When an interviewer once confessed she hadn’t prepared to meet Rihanna and was “winging it,” the entertainer had a smile and a simple reply: “Aren’t we all?”

ISFP Cognitive Functions 

Fi: Internally-guided, this type knows their own feelings and behaves authentically. Like Rihanna, they are stubborn in their beliefs, sometimes defend the contrarian view, and can’t easily be coerced into doing something they don’t want to do.

Se: This type tends to be most comfortable creatively expressing their deep feelings through physical mediums -- whether that’s immortalized in song, or creating a tangible piece of art. 

Ni: In tandem with their heart, ISFPs like Rihanna also feel guided by their introverted intuition -- mapping the right steps forward. “I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world,” Rihanna has said.

Te: ISFP types like Rihanna may struggle being assertive and direct, or creating a step-by-step plan into the future.

Fast Facts about ISFPs

  • 9% of the general population, 10% of women, 8% of men
  • In essays, project themselves the fewest number of years into the future of all types
  • Most likely to report stress over finances and children
  • Score high on this trait: Easygoing
  • In college, report low levels of assertiveness
Jenna Birch
Jenna Birch is a content and brand strategist for startups, entrepreneurs and VCs. Before moving into consulting, she was a prolific journalist for national magazines and websites, and author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love (Grand Central Publishing). Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, HuffPost, and more. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her EXTP fiancé and the best pup around, Ollie.