Rihanna has never been traditional with her approaches to fashion, beauty, music, and just about any project she immerses herself in. But sis really did the damn thing with her body-inclusive lingerie line at New York Fashion Week.
This year, multi-faceted mogul Rihanna did not come to play at the showing of her Fall 2018 Savage X Fenty collection at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Her aim to be inclusive is clearly shown in her various projects, such as her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. RiRi’s pieces were put on display in breathtaking and elaborate Neverland-esque jungle scenes on a wide range of models, who were more like living art pieces. Check out pictures of the intricate presentation below:
The “immersive experience” showed models encapsulated in botanical domes and a greenhouse, as well as dancers in faux-waterfalls and on moving stages. Models and dancers of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities were featured in the show, including big names such as a pregnant Slick Woods, Joan Smalls, Paloma Elesser and supermodel sister-duo Bella and Gigi Hadid.
Though the casting included these bigger names in fashion, the celebration of all things womanhood featured a multitude of models of different skin tones, body shapes and heights, rocking bright hair colors, tattoos and piercings. Slick Woods wasn’t even the only pregnant model!
Rihanna herself showed off her curvy figure in a brown, slinky tube dress as well as a matching brown veil/headscarf that she dramatically removed before taking her final bow at the end of the show. As she floated down runway to the Elvis Presley’s "Love Me Tender,” the models surrounded her, chins up and holding hands in a powerful display in RiRi’s very own Amazonian Garden of Eden.
When asked about her inspiration for her show, Rihanna told Elle she wanted every woman to be included in her show.
“I wanted every woman on the stage with different energies, different races, body types, different stages in their womanhood, culture. I wanted women to feel celebrated and that we started this sh*t. We own this. This is our land because really it is. Women are running the world right now and it’s too bad for men."
Rihanna continues to challenge what it truly means to be sexy and beautiful in an industry that has promoted unrealistic body expectations, and we are totally here for it! While other brands struggle to promote these ideals, RiRi is far ahead of the curve! Check out a clip from the show below:
(Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty)
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