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Rihanna Launches A Line Of Cameo Brooches That Only Feature Black Women: FENTY Isn’t Just A Brand, It’s A Whole Festival For WOC

Cameos were, and still are, very prized jewels of almost cultic significance. Historically, these pieces of jewelry have been linked to wealthy, European middle and upper classes. And in true FENTY fashion, bad gal Riri is back at it again with her signature fearlessness and creativity. This time, subverting the historically European roots of the jewel, featuring the profile of African women as its centerpiece. Riri did THAT.

Robyn Fenty’s out here rocking the cosmetic and fashion industries to their core. 

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Last month her inclusive SAVAGE X Fenty fashion show literally broke the industry’s “standards” by having trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary models of all colors, sizes, and beautiful looks, walk the runway in the brand’s sexy lingerie. How are we supposed to go back to what we knew, with all this inclusion?

Fenty Beauty is filling the gaps of the cosmetic industry by targetting a racially diverse market.

 

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Since her line of beauty products launched in 2017, Fenty Beauty, has established itself as an all-inclusive beauty line —with forty different foundations for every complexion, along with numerous highlights and liners. Fenty Beauty has become one of the fastest selling brands, with early reports that the darkest shades of foundation keep selling out. It’s been clear from social-media testimonies – from those who possess albino to midnight-black complexions – that Rihanna has captured the right tone for diversity and racially inclusive marketing. 

FENTY is modernizing the traditionally Victorian cameo brooch and bringing it straight into 2019. 

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Rihanna’s FENTY fashion label, launched a new range of jewelry that plays with the traditional history and significance of the European classic brooch. The subversive reimagining of the jewel puts African women as its centerpiece. The collection celebrates women of color with the cameo as an emblem of their fearlessness and joy. 

The Cameo Collection is meant to be passed down through generations, like the traditional European brooch was too. 

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On October 30, FENTY unveiled a three-piece jewelry collection called The Cameo. The cameos in black resin and white glass come in earring, necklace, brooch and ring form. Framed with both Swarovski pearls and crystals, the cameos are set in gold-galvanized brass. Each piece, sculpted from relief, is meant to be passed down through generations.

As the brand explained in a press release, the Cameo was created to immortalize the the beauty of a black woman’s profile. 

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The brand explained a bit more about the history behind Cameo jewelry, writing, “Cameo jewelry has been worn as a statement of intent, belief or power. In ancient Greece, young women wore cameos bearing the portrait of Eros, the God of Love, to express their sexuality, or Medusa with her snake hair to ward off demons. Though FENTY’s cameo features a black woman’s profile, the collection is not about a singular definition of beauty; she symbolizes the beauty of difference. The cameo is an emblem of fearlessness, elevation, creativity and joy – everything FENTY stands for.”

The campaign features powerful women of different ages in sculpture-like hairstyles representing the endless possibilities of afro-hair.

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The collection’s campaign was shot by Nigerian photographer Ruth Ossai, and features a powerful cast ranging in age with beautifully sculpted hairstyles coiffed by Isaac Poleon.

Hair has always been a central feature of cameo jewelry, providing the texture in the sculpture. Fenty did point out that, “While FENTY’s cameo figure wears box braids tied in buns, the shoot highlights the endless artistic possibilities of afro-hair culture in sculpture.”

Rihanna is shining a light on women of color by resisting Eurocentric beauty standards. 

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What strikes us the most about the pop-star turned fashion designer and beauty mogul, is not just how Rihanna struck the right chord for women of color, but also how her Fenty empire has the potential for subversive praxis and resistance against Eurocentric beauty standards. 

Rihanna’s emphasis on inclusivity is foundational to what her labels stand for and has secured her success.

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Set against such white supremacist industry ideologies, Rihanna’s FENTY, places women of color at the center, as seen in her Cameo collection. With FENTY as well as Fenty Beauty and SAVAGE X FENTY, Rihanna demonstrates how dark-skinned beauty is foundational to her work, which incorporates Latinx, Asian, light and dark-skinned black, brown, and white women. Even the inclusion of hijabi, disabled and amputee models, expands her brands’ market.

The Cameo collection ranges in price from $340 to $530 USD and is already available for purchase via the FENTY website. The line joins past accessories created by the singer that included sunglasses and shoes. Rihanna hasn’t yet revealed whether she’ll be working on any other FENTY collections in the future, but as she’s shown with her music, makeup, and now clothing line, she’s always ready to use her platform to share meaningful messages. 

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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It seems like 2020 has been the year of sneaker collaborations – or in Bad Bunny’s case – Crocs collaborations. From Bad Bunny to J Balvin, Travis Scott to Christian Dior, it seems that everyone is trying to get their name on a fresh pair of sneakers.

And I’m not complaining. I love a good shoe collaboration as much as the next guy, however, news of a possible Adidas and Bad Bunny collaborations has me extra excited since both of those are my favorites of their respective worlds. For me: Adidas is to the sneaker world what Bad Bunny is to reggaetón.

So far there haven’t been a lot of details released by either San Benito nor Adidas but this is what we do know.

Adidas x Bad Bunny will be releasing an epic sneaker collection early next year.

It’s just weeks after Bad Bunny’s custom Crocs basically broke the Internet and we’re already getting news (or at least rumors) of a possible Adidas x Bad Bunny collaboration happening soon. According to a story by Complex, Bad Bunny is about to bring more of his signature looks to your sneaker collection.

The Complex story says that a source familiar with the brand’s product plans for next year told them about the likely collab. However, neither Adidas nor Bad Bunny have announced the sneaker and wouldn’t confirm the project when reached for comment. If true though, the kicks would likely arrive as part of the sportswear brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 offerings.

In a photo Complex shared of the rumored sneaker, we get a possible first look at the soon-to-be sold out sneaker. The color palette featured on the Puerto Rican’s take on the Forum silhouette looks quite similar to his crocs with all-beige detailing that very well may also be glow-in-the-dark. The kicks seem to feature light blue design details on the sole and side sole of the shoes.

An Adidas x Bad Bunny collab will likely do as well or even better then his recent Crocs launch.

If rumors are true, the Forum would be El Conejo Malo’s first sneaker collaboration, although he already has a wildly-successful Crocs line that he released in September. And fans have proven themselves willing to go to great lengths to get their hands on Bad Bunny anything basically (myself included!).

The Crocs retail for $60 USD but are already being resold for more than $200 USD on sites like e-bay. Not to mention that the Crocs launch left many fans disappointed because of their instant success – the line sold out within minutes.

When the collab was initially announced, Bad Bunny called himself a “longtime fan” of the famous brand, adding that he hoped his version inspires his fans to “have their own fun with their personal style and wearing what makes them happy.”

He even got a little sentimental, adding: “I believe in being true and not placing limitations on myself, which is also something Crocs represents, and this is the message I always want to make sure I send out to my fans.”

For those of you who aren’t well-versed in Croc lingo, Jibbitz charms are jewelry-like flair you can pin through the holes of your Crocs. The Bad Bunny x Crocs Jibbits reference his music from his recent YHLQMDLG album–fire emojis, stars, planets, a man holding a sign that says: zona de perreo. And, of course, there was a bunny Jibbit as well.

It’s no secret that Bad Bunny is a sneaker lover.

In a 2018 episode of Sneaker Shopping on Complex, Bad Bunny explained his footwear history, saying that his native Puerto Rico was lacking in boutique stores.

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve liked sneakers,” Bad Bunny said then.

He’s not the only Latin trap artist that’s expected to release their own shoe soon. Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin said in an April interview with High Snobiety that his Air Jordan 1 collaboration was supposed to launch in November. Jordan Brand hasn’t confirmed this news.

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Nordstrom Has A New ‘Inclusive Beauty’ Category To Highlight Black-Owned Beauty Brands And It’s Where The Money Is At

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Nordstrom Has A New ‘Inclusive Beauty’ Category To Highlight Black-Owned Beauty Brands And It’s Where The Money Is At

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If you’re looking to be more intentional about where you spend your cash, Nordstrom has just made your efforts to support Black-owned businesses easier.

The department store recently launched a new Inclusive Beauty online shopping category to highlight Black businesses. In a post to the site’s Inclusive Beauty landing page, Nordstrom encouraged users to “Check out these need-to-know Black-founded beauty brands that we’re proud to have in the Nordstrom family.” The new category includes beloved lines like  Brioge, Epara and Beauty Bakerie!

Even better, the Inclusive Beauty section features a wide range of makeup shades to suit all complexions as well as hair products like silk pillowcases, and hairpieces.

Check out some of the featured Black-owned Beauty brands below!

Bomba Curls Dominican Forbidden Hair Mask

$28NordstromSHOP NOW

Briogeo Repair Rituals Hair Care Set

Briogeo

$20NordstromSHOP NOW

Baby Tress 3-in-1 Edge Styler™ Tool Blush

Baby Tress

$15NordstromSHOP NOW

Epara Hydrating Mist

$56NordstromSHOP NOW

Beauty Bakerie Black Blending Egg Makeup Sponge Set

Beauty Bakerie

$18NordstromSHOP NOW

BeautyStat Universal C Eye Perfector Cream

$65NordstromSHOP NOW

Mantl Face + Scalp Invisible Daily SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

Mantil

$27NordstromSHOP NOW

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