See Why Rihanna's Latest Vogue Cover Is Sparking Controversy

See Why Rihanna's Latest Vogue Cover Is Sparking Controversy

But we can't deny her reign won't let up.

Published October 27, 2017

Looks like Rihanna wants to walk (and look) like an Egyptian in her latest cover shoot for Vogue Arabia.

But of course, not without a hint of controversy. The internet is crying cultural appropriation. Peep the quick teaser below:

Just when we recovered from her epic purple heart ELLE slay, RiRi is drumming up her take on Queen Nefertiti for her fabulous new shoot that just hit the internet.


Vogue Arabia editor Manuel Arnaut said:

"We are dedicating the issue to strong and dynamic women who are changing the world. Rihanna, our cover star, is one of them. Not only is she one of the most successful pop icons ever, shaping the entertainment industry with her powerful tunes and unique sense of style, she is also an advocate for diversity.

With a crown designed by Faeth Millinery, Rihanna pays homage to this unforgettable queen, who still reigns as one of Ancient Egypt’s most celebrated figures."


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Although it’s covered up, the singer's love for the late, great Nefertiti run’s deep. She has a tiny tattoo of the queen on her rib cage — right next to her signature breast plate tat.

Listen, she's not new to this, she's true to it! What do you think of Rihanna's latest cover shoot — is it appropriation or appreciation?

Written by Janell M. Hickman


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