She may be the best friend of the world’s most famous pop star, but Melissa Forde (also known as Mdollas) is a triple threat in her own right. Not only is she a talented photographer (check the hashtag #mtfphotography for intimate moments with Rihanna), but she’s modeled for swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez and now she’s launching her own line of playful bucket hats with Wrkng Title, founded by rapper Wale. Harper’s Bazaar caught up with Forde at her Opening Ceremony launch party last night to talk bucket hat icons, what it’s like to be best friends with Bad Gal Riri and her thoughts on Instagram versus Snapchat.
HB: Do you and Rihanna ever share clothes?
MF: Of course, all the time. I definitely go into her closet, and she gets in mine. If I’m getting dressed, I’ll be like “Rob, do you have a white crop top?” and she’ll be like, “Do you have a gray long-sleeve shirt?” She definitely helps to style me too.
HB: Have you ever fought over boys?
MF: Oh god no. We’ve never, I’ve never fought with any of my friends. That’s just weird, that would never happen.
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The world knows Melissa Forde as Rihanna’s personal photographer, resident dancing buddy, and all-around ride-or-die homegirl. While all of these titles seem to comprise a full-time job, Forde’s somehow added another role to her resume— the newly appointed Creative Director of WRKNG Title, Wale’s hat company. Just in time for the spring season, Forde’s created a capsule collection of bucket hats, all dipped in handpicked signature prints and fabrics, with a little help from her number one fan, RiRi. Ahead of the collection’s launch (March 31 exclusively at Opening Ceremony)—The Fader spoke with her about her big design debut, as well as what it’s like to step out of famous BFF’s shadow.
What’s next for you? We’re coming out with a coffee table book—Robyn’s other photographer, Dennis Leupold, and I have been putting pictures together. Dennis is an amazing photographer thats been traveling with us all the time, so I’m really excited. The pictures show a more personal side to Robyn—the side you don’t see on Instagram. I try not to get too personal on Instagram, because people feel as though they know you—but the book will be really raw, just photos of us chillin’.
How did you link up with Working Title? Wale is a really good friend—I’ve known him for quite some time, he reached out and asked me to work with WRKNG Title on some skullies. [When he reached out], it was summer and I was mostly wearing bucket hats, so I suggested that we start doing those instead.
Melissa Forde, Rihanna’s best friend/photographer, shared 23 beautiful photos from their current vacation on Instagram. Take a look at all of them after the jump and make sure to follow @mdollas11 and @rihannadaily!
RiRi celebrated Melissa’s, her best friend/personal assistant/photographer, 28th birthday on Thursday (April 10) in Los Angeles. Mel shared a couple pictures with Rihanna on Instagram and wrote:
#Burffddaybehaviour @badgalriri #HappyGDaytomeee
The celebration started on Tuesday at Supperclub and must keep going this weekend!
Make sure to follow @mdollas11 on Instagram.
RiRi is home! She was photographed leaving a nightclub in New York City on Sunday (March 16). Pictured was also her best friend, Melissa, it’s been a while since we don’t see her. And how do you like Ri’s ponytail? Click here for photos.