RIHANNA stunned fans on Sunday with her Super Bowl performance — and unexpected pregnancy reveal.
But the halftime show had more than one star when deaf American Sign Language performer Justina Miles, 20, wowed NFL fans with her rendition of the singer’s lyrics.
A Philadelphia native, Miles “lives to dance and express himself creatively through music and sign language,” according to the National Association of the Deaf.
She was top of her class at Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC
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Miles is a woman of many talents, having represented Team USA in the women’s 4×100 track relay at the Deaflympics in Brazil last year and returning with a silver medal.
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The ASL performer is a veteran artist — according to the NFL, she’s performed at various concerts across the United States.
And that showed on Sunday, when Justina signed on to Sheryl Lee Ralph’s rendition of “Lift Every Voice” and “Sing,” before dazzling during Rihanna’s 13-minute halftime set.
Miles perfectly captured the energy of RiRi’s hits like “Only Girl” and “We Found Love.”
Her performance exuded the same joy and excitement as the nine-time Grammy winner, 34, turned to some of her slower hits, including Wild Thoughts and Umbrella.
And since then, Super Bowl viewers have admired Miles — some even claim she stole the show.
One tweeted: “Captivating! So wonderful to look at.”
Another wrote: “The real MVP of #RihannaSuperBowl was sign language interpreter Justina Miles.”
A third said: “Watch Rihanna take a backseat.”
One added: “Justina should have been the center of attention!!!!! What a star.”
And another tweeted: “Absolutely fabulous.”
Miles was the first deaf woman to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
And she appreciated the chance to make the big game more inclusive.
“I appreciate the opportunity to allow all deaf people to enjoy these songs without missing out on the full Super Bowl experience,” Miles told NBC’s Make It.
Justina wasn’t the only ASL performer to take the stage on Sunday.
CODA’s Oscar winner Troy Kotsur translated Chris Stapleton’s rendition of the national anthem before kick-off on Sunday.
And Colin Denny, a deaf Native American, signed Babyface’s rendition of “America the Beautiful” – a hybrid of American Sign Language and North American Native American Sign Language.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7395034/justina-miles-asl-rihanna-mvp-super-bowl-halftime-show/ Meet Justina Miles, the ASL cast member who portrayed Rihanna and was the “true MVP” of the Super Bowl halftime show