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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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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

Grooming habits should be a matter of personal choice, but thanks to generations of the patriarchy telling women how they should look, what they should wear, and how they should take care of their bodies, that isn’t always the case. Thankfully, more and more brave women are embracing their natural beauty and that includes their own body hair.

Lourdes Leon showing off her natural arm pit hair is the normalization of body hair we all need.

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Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a photo with her mom, Madonna, Lourdes Leon has a relationship with her body hair we can all admire. For instance, he two posed for a rare selfie on April 10, and Leon’s natural look moved us another step closer to normalizing visible body hair.

The sweet image is captioned: “Like Pieces of your Heart Walking around outside of you #lola.”

‘Lola’ is the nickname of Madonna’s eldest child, whom she shares with Cuban personal trainer-actor Carlos Leon.

The fashion icon’s post has received more than 440,000 ‘likes’ with many fans praising her daughter’s decision to embrace her natural body hair – with comments including “two beautiful, strong women” and “beautiful mother with her gorgeous daughter.”

Leon has never been shy about embracing her natural beauty.

Her mother has pushed beauty boundaries for decades, so it makes sense the 24-year-old model would choose to do the same. In November 2018, Lourdes generated headlines when she showed off her unshaved armpits and legs on the red carpet at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala, just weeks after she turned heads for the same reason on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Earlier this year, in February, she also showed off a glimpse of armpit hair in a new fashion campaign for Marc Jacobs. 

It seems that Lourdes may even have been inspired by her famous mom when it comes to ditching the razor. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, the singer said: “Going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that.

“So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

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