Harper’s Bazaar China recently put Rihanna on the cover of their August issue. Normally Rihanna + ____ is a reliable equation for guaranteed success. Except Harper’s Bazaar China recently learned that Rihanna + Elements of Chinese Culture equals anger and cultural appropriation accusations from the internet.
Yesterday Kristian likened Tyra Banks to Rihanna due to her business acumen and dedication to staying On Brand with every move she makes. And Tyra makes a lot of moves (or, as is also the case, “micro-movements” which is a modeling technique Tyra taught me on ANTM that I use to this day). And the comparisons don’t end there. Tyra (or BanX as she’s rechristened herself. I’ll get into that later, one Big Idea at a time) and Rihanna also both seem to possess and an uncanny ability to stay three stomps ahead of competition when it comes to The Next Big Thing. In Rihanna’s case, she’s got the cosmetics and fashion industries watching her for clues about what the latest trends will be. And Tyra, well she’s got Big Ice Cream positively shook! Tyra would add one more similarity to that list. She thinks she and Rihanna look like they were separated at birth!
Seth Meyers does this bit on Late Night With Seth Meyers where he day drinks with celebrities, and he did that recently with fashion and makeup mogul/former singer Rihanna, and strangely enough, it didn’t end with Seth in the hospital with booze poisoning from trying to keep up with her. But it was the best pairing of Rihanna and some skinny white dude since she teamed up with Shy Ronnie.
Rihanna may currently be focusing all her energy on being a makeup mogul and a luxury clothing designer, but first and foremost, Rihanna is a singer. “If that’s so, then WHERE’S THE NEW MUSIC????” screams her fans every second of every day. But Rihanna is still technically a singer-slash-everything else she does, which would be why she recently found herself being crowned the richest woman in music by Forbes. And when they say rich, they aren’t kidding. These are some “Celine Dion, who?” numbers.
NBC News reports that R&B singer SZA is about to piss off a ton of makeup vloggers when they can’t get the right shade of concealer they need to complete their makeup tutorial from their local Sephora on June 5th because it’s closed. After making a complaint about getting profiled at a Sephora store, the company has decided to close hundreds of US stores to do “inclusion workshops”. Don’t you love how we have to constantly reiterate to each other how to not treat each other like crap?
My financial allegiance to Rihanna tops out at about $24. That’s the cost of a Fenty Beauty Stunna lip paint. However if for some reason I did want to spend thousands of dollars to take a fancy business meeting dressed like Mrs. Murdock from Grease, I’d look no further than Rihanna’s newly launched LVMH Fenty luxury fashion line. RiRi shared a sneak peak of the line which according to Financial Times includes items ranging from “€200 for a corset T-shirt to €1,100 for a reversible coat” (that’s about $225 to $1, 230 USD), or 8-50 Stunnas!