The show was otherwise praised for its physical positivity.
Rihanna is being asked on social media for her third Savage x Fenty fashion show to include some stars who aren’t black women sport braids.
The event dropped on Amazon on Friday and has been praised online for its celebration and wardrobe for bodies of all kinds, big and small. However, body positivity was eclipsed for some when they noticed that celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Ratajkowski were styled with braids, which many saw as exclusive to black people and thus black culture. accused of implementing
It didn’t take long for many viewers to take to social media to call out Rihanna and the show for their use of braids.
“Rihanna has white MFS for the Savage x Fenty show…” a user wrote.
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“Why Rihanna Let Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Ratajkowski Peak at the Fenty Show,” another wrote.
“Now why is Rihanna wearing white dancers to the Fenty x Savage show…” A third user noted.
“Lamao Rihanna putting Vanessa Hudgens and Emrata in braids is amazing at this point. No further comment,” Another user wrote.
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“Did Rihanna really choose/approved these girls wearing braids and cornrows… like wtf… all of a sudden the Arabs blindsided her?” someone else wrote.
The two women are hardly the first to be accused of cultural appropriation for styling themselves in braids. Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have both been called out for cultural appropriation in the past as they attend public events during sports. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber was mocked earlier this year when he debuted that he would style his hair in dreadlocks, which even his critics said was an appropriation of black culture.
Other stars such as Gwen Stefani, Kendall Jenner, Michael Che and Hilaria Baldwin have also dodged accusations of cultural appropriation in various forms in the past as well.