Rihanna and Savage X Fenty have been accused of cultural appropriation after styling white people’s hair into braids of latest runway.
The show premiered on Amazon Prime Video, and viewers expressed concern on social media at seeing non-Black models, including Emily Ratajkowski, with braids.
Emily Ratajkowski and Vanessa Hudgens looking incredible for Savage x Fenty 😍 #new pic.twitter.com/VfffuQcdPd
— CelebAddicted 🌹 (@celebxaddicted) September 24, 2021
Author of My Beautiful Black Hair, St Clair Detrick-Jules, said that: “For the producers of Rihanna’s fashion show to fashion white models with distinctively Black braids kind of feels exhausting,” according to The Guardian.
People have took to social media to express their feelings towards this.
I wish I could write something as funny as Rihanna putting all these white girls in braids for the fenty show
— raina (@quakerraina) September 24, 2021
I’m a white woman originally from Russia. My great grandma and my grandma always had their hair in two braids like that of the Mexican culture, women have braided their hair for centuries before hair care was a thing. Let women do their hair however. https://t.co/ULqZvO0tMu
— Nadezhda (@Nadezhd01638779) September 25, 2021
Rihanna is yet to comment on the situation.
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