Sanam is living proof that a single selfie can truly change your life.
When Rihanna dropped her "Bitch Better Have My Money" video last week, aside from all the blood and boobs, we were intrigued by her two bad-ass henchwomen.
One of those henchwomen (the one who knocked out the hostage with the wine bottle), was handpicked by Rihanna herself, after her distinct selfie-style caught the singer’s attention after being featured on the old “Explore” page.
The Seattle-based artist and plant-shop employee, who goes by the solo name of ‘Sanam’ explained how the surreal experience came to be.
“She followed me on Instagram on a Wednesday night, and then I was in L.A. on Friday morning," Sanam told Vice. "It was crazy."
"The next morning, I went to work, and I got a DM from her on Instagram," she said.
"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.'”
She continued, “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."
When asked what Rih was like IRL, Sanam pretty much confirmed our hunch, “She's so sweet. She was showering us with compliments. She is so fucking real and down-to-earth, which is the corniest thing to say about a famous person, but she really is.”
Well, damn. That’s the greatest modern day Cinderella story we’ve ever heard.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.au. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.