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A definitive measure of one’s dopeness may be determined by the quality of compliments they receive. When Rihanna tells you “you’re so fucking rare,” you know you’re dope.

That’s exactly what happened to Seattle resident Sanam, one of Rih’s right-hand-women from the “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video.

From Sanam’s interview with VICE:

You posted an Instagram snapshot of Rihanna following your account a few months ago. What happened between Rihanna following you on Instagram three months ago, to Rihanna casting you as her co-star in her new video?

When I refreshed my notifications, she had unfollowed me, so I was sad about it. Then two weeks later, she followed me again. The next morning, I went to work, and I got a DM from her on Instagram. She was like, “Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you’re so fucking rare. Let me know if you’re interested.” 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.

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.” At first, I was just like, This can’t be real. This is really weird. I don’t know about this. But I ended up getting in touch with the guy who messaged me and it was all legit. I spent my entire day at work going back and forth talking to them. At the end of the day, they were like, “We just got the confirmation from Rih: We want to cast you, and we want to fly you out tomorrow.” And I flew down there the next day.

She followed me on Instagram on a Wednesday night, and then I was in LA on Friday morning. It was crazy.

Sanam, who has never acted or been in the public eye, went on to say that after asking Rih how she found her, the bad gal simply responded by saying she saw the 25-year-old on her Explore page on Instagram.

Said photo that got Sanam noticed:

Instagram Photo

Message: Up your selfie game and keep flexing on Insta. Princess Rih may be watching!

In the meantime, click here to watch the BBHMM video.

SOURCE: VICE, Jezebel | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images, Instagram | VIDEO CREDIT: Vevo

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