Rihanna Made History With Her Latest British Vogue Cover for Rocking a Durag

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Music celebrity and business mogul Rihanna could also be many issues, however boring isn’t one them. In style, magnificence, philanthropy, and music, she’s blazed her personal path and continues to set tendencies, irrespective of the world.

Within the previous week, RiRi made a beneficiant donation to coronavirus aid efforts, shocked followers with a characteristic on a brand new PartyNextDoor music, and was revealed as the quilt mannequin for the May 2020 concern of British Vogue.

Sounds like a typical week for her proper? She’s used to being
a headliner, however Rihanna simply helped British Vogue obtain an uncommon historic milestone.
How? By sporting a durag.

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Rihanna | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Bergdorf Goodman

Rihanna shines brilliant on British Vogue cowl

A particular characteristic article about Rihanna’s cowl photograph highlights the historical past of the durag, its affiliation with hip-hop, and its place in black tradition. For the primary time in British Vogue’s 104-year historical past, the top accent is gracing the quilt, and it’s being worn by one of many world’s hottest celebrities.

Vogue contributing editor Funmi
Fetto writes
:

“Today, the durag, an iteration of the head cloth birthed in oppression, is a celebration of black culture. Extolling its virtues are the artists who paint it, musicians who write songs about it, festivals dedicated to it and Instagram accounts born to serve it. The tainted fabric has been reclaimed as a symbol of black beauty, a signifier of style worn on the streets, the catwalk, the red carpet.”

She cites the examples of Solange Knowles sporting one to the Met gala, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and different rappers sporting them for style or as a hair instrument, and Fetto additionally factors out that Rihanna has worn them as excessive style equipment prior to now.

British Vogue’s editor is equally enthusiastic about Rihanna’s
durag

We are totally conscious that Rihanna is well-respected in style circles, one thing that was established earlier than she even launched her Fenty model.

She’s thought-about an icon and that’s one of many causes British Vogue editor Edward Enninful co-signed on the thought of RiRi capturing the quilt with a durag.

Fetto famous Enninful’s editor’s letter mentions how he and Rihanna spent important time pondering her search for the quilt, and late one night time, she hit him by way of textual content with the thought. He additionally acknowledged that he by no means thought he would see one on the journal’s cowl. Ever.

Fetto shared a snippet from Enninful’s letter.

“Although this potent symbol of black life – of self-preservation, resistance and authenticity – has an important place in popular culture, it is rarely viewed through the prism of high fashion. Yet here we have the most aspirational and beautiful durag. How exciting.”

The May concern of British Vogue will probably be obtainable on April 3.

It’s not the one time Rihanna has made historical past

Musically, Rihanna achieved a number of milestones. At age 23, she was the youngest artist to have 10 Billboard hits below her belt.

Although her ANTI album was launched in 2016, by 2019, it’d spent 200 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the primary album in historical past by a black girl to succeed in that milestone.  

Business-wise, she’s the primary girl of coloration to launch a
style label below a luxurious model. Fenty broke floor in 2019 below the LVMH
banner, marking the primary time the model had a girl lead the road as well as
to Rihanna being a black girl. On the sweetness aspect, her Fenty model continues
to interrupt limitations.

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