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More than a savage: How Rihanna is redefining inclusivity in fashion

We all love savage Rihanna. She’s the only person who can outdo herself. After all she did tell us that she was a SAVAGE!

In the 19 years since Rihanna signed her first recording agreement with Def Jam Records, she has crushed the music industry. Her songs have hit number one on Billboard charts 14 times, she’s won 8 Grammys and 8 American Music Awards.

RiRi is certainly unmatched. 

But it does not end there. The Caribbean Queen’s legacy goes far beyond the realm of music and that is, perhaps, her biggest gift for culture. Earlier this month Rihanna launched her new Savage X Fenty line and redefined the rules for the fashion and beauty industries.

What it means to be a savage.

Redefine? More like repaired, I would say. 

“Perfection is always changing and transforming,” they said. At least that is what the fashion and beauty industries have made us believe.

Back in the day, a good body was considered to have large hips, large boobs, and a healthy stomach — one that could bear many children. Then, all of the sudden, we were thought that the equivalent of walking stick figures was beautiful. 

And, curvy or not, history has taught women to compare themselves — their bodies and looks — to other women.

Thank god that is history!

On October 2, 2020, Rihanna, took matters into her hands (again). She launched Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 (streamed on Amazon prime). Her new collection now not only includes menswear but it showcases all different body types, shapes, sizes, races, or religions.

But, perhaps most impressive is that the fashion show included one of the most diverse and iconic cast members of the decade. From Cara Delevingne, Demi Moore, and Lizzo, to Bad Bunny, Rosalia, and Jaida Essence Hall. All reminding us that all bodies are perfect, no matter the time.

SAVAGE, Rihanna!

No women would be comparing themselves to other women. NOT UNDER RiRi’s watch.

Redefine, repair, and restore

Savage Fenty is a size-and gender-inclusive lingerie line, an unconventional celebration of diversity and beauty. This year, the Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 was Rihanna’s presentation of her second collection of lingerie. And, like everything Rihanna does, it was BIG.

“Storytelling is the last part of any journey,” said Rihanna right before the show started. She is seen walking with her new line, reminding us that confidence is not only beautiful but sexy. Parris Goebel, New Zeland choreographer, then opened the show with her extravaganza.

Kendrick Lamar’s song Poetic Justice plays in the background and the fashion show becomes an artistic performance. Cara Delevingne, Dexter Mayfield, Gabriette Bechtel, Raisa Flowers, Soo Joo Park rock the line in their own unique way.

And just when things could not get better, Rosalia’s performance turns an iconic fashion show into a cultural spectacular.

SAVAGE X FENTY fashion show

“They’re sexy, and they need to know that, and they need to be validated about that no matter what size they are. I’m so focused on that and making women and men feel invited, welcomed. Savage is a home, it’s a hub and it’s a safe space for everyone.”

Rihanna told E! News.

The show is compromised of the four different aspects of the collection; secrets, mood, sexuality, and community. All of which were presented in detail and serve to explain the nature of the brand. From the meaning and train of thought behind them to the processes and materials. Allowing the audience to connect on a more personal and intimate level with the brand.

Inclusion is key

All four different SAVAGE FENTY collections shared something in common: humanity’s sense of belonging. They all revealed vulnerable aspects of the human experience while empowering us to connect with each other, and ourselves, on a personal level.

Rihanna reveals her personal view of the creation of the collection. Where it came from, and the thought behind every single detail. “Everything I do, I want to make it personal, and that is something that is at the core of the brand,” revealed Rihanna.

Mood, on the other hand, is the attitude of “wearing whatever the hell you want.” There is, in fact, an emotional connection and attachment to that, and is perhaps best portrayed by Gigi Goode and Shea Couleé — the Drag Queens Queens.

Thus, “sexuality” is perhaps the most empowering element of both the show and the collection. From Miguel singing SONG to his wife, Nazanin Mandis, who battled with her weight and addiction to diet pills. A hot, sexy moment for both stars, who danced to the lyrics of the song while being 100% confident with their bodies.

“Sexuality is personal, is something you have to own or earn. Thus it’s inherently powerful.”

Rihanna, 2020

And so, there was no better performer to illustrate the personal power of sexuality than Bad Bunny himself, singing “Yo Perreo Sola.” In the original video of the song, Bad Bunny himself is dressed as a woman and it is alluring for both the sexual and individual power of the feminine side.

“I want to make stuff I can see on people that I know; they come in different shapes, sizes, races, and religions”

Rihanna, Savage X Fenty

Being a global artist, Rihanna has grown a community, a brand that includes everyone. She has opened the door of possibilities, the biggest being a show that speaks a relevant message at the perfect time. Inclusion is the core of a community and the nature of the brand.

“Inclusivity for me has always been something of first nature. It’s not something I really think about directly. All I think about is how much I want to include everyone”

Rihanna, Savage X Fenty


We love savage Rihanna but please don’t stop the music

Through her fashion and cosmetic lines, she is able to make people feel just as empowered as she did with her music.

As the beauty mogul takes over the fashion industry, she also shed a light on her continuing relationship with music. For a while, it seemed as if Rihanna had completely moved away from the music industry, With Fenty Beauty and SavageX the singer seemed to have made a career 180. 

But that isn’t the case, Rihanna and her music are still very well connected. She’s just taking her time. In an interview with People magazine she explained that with all of the traumatic events going on in the world right now, she still uses music as a comfort.

“I am always working on music,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I am always working on music and when I am ready to put it out in the way that I feel fit, it’s gonna come out.”

Throughout the ups and downs we are facing as a collective and as individuals through the global pandemic, Rihanna has been channeling her feelings into her music as a way to stay connected and express herself. 

“I just want to have fun with music,” she continued. “Everything is so heavy. The world that we live in is a lot. It’s overwhelming every single day. And with the music, I’m using that as my outlet.”

Now known for her other lines, the future of the music industry may be in for a pleasant surprise as well. Rihana is practically the face of diverse and inclusive fashion and beauty, only time will tell if her new album will be as star-studded as her current runways.

Additional reporting by Bernarda Chiriboga

Who is Melii? The Jiggy Harlem artist with the curls you need to know

Harlem artist Melii joins the growing list of prolific female rappers. Her rise to fame was quick as celebrities including Kylie Jenner.

Plus, Rihanna featured her song “Icey” on her story while promoting new FENTY products.

The Dominicana made waves when she remixed Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” inserting Spanish lyrics. Soon after she presented original work that kept the bilingual music alive with her 2018 single “La Envidia Mata.”

Melii also appeared on Meek Mill’s album Championships as a feature on “Wit the S***s (W.T.S.)” Melii toured earlier this year with Meek Mill and left due to what she called “behind the scenes things,” which sound a lot like possible harassment or at the very least confirmed disrespect.

Either way, the new artist rejects being brushed off.

Melii never misses a beat to release new music. She dropped her recent single “Who Changed” on March 11 then dropped phAses on the 27.

“Who Changed,” tells the story of Melii’s experience of accidentally shooting her friend at a party, and is deeply vulnerable. Melii expresses her suicidal thoughts and PTSD following the incident.

The artist writes her own music and states that trying to work on music others have written is difficult for her and is not organic.

“I write poetry. I’m a poet. Whatever beat that I want in the studio is gonna come out as a rap, or it’s gonna come out singing. Nothing that I’m doing is an act.”

Her new release phAses is equally R&B and rap. There is also a definite Latin influence. When asked if she considers herself a singer or rapper, Melii insists on simply viewing herself as an artist.

Her music’s everchanging mood encompasses the artist perfectly, her mixture of genres represents an experience the Latinx community often navigates.


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More specifically, Melii represents a new era of unapologetic female rappers with hard hitting bars and vulnerable messages alike. Because of this, the Melii Mob has stood by the artist.

The “jiggy shorty with the curls” is nothing less than an artist who will continue to show her versatility and seemingly limitless creativity with resilience.

Make sure you check out her latest LP phAses, below

Rihanna at 30 is the best Rihanna: 3 reasons why she’s gotten better with time

Today, the 8-time Grammy winning recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and actress, Robyn Rihanna Fenty turns 30 years old.

Rih has always been adored. Ever since she Pon’d the replay in 2005, the Barbadian princess captured the hearts of millions and was donned as pop’s next superstar. Over a decade later and she’s been nothing short of that.

Rihanna is the only female artist to have 4 US Hot 100 number 1 singles in a calendar year, she has the most digital number 1 singles in US history with more than 100 million [RIAA] gold & platinum song certifications, making her the best selling digital artist of all time. She’s a business woman with multiple entrepreneurial ventures, a brand, and fashion icon. She’s more than lived up to her expectations.

Hearing Rihanna and thirty feels oddly appropriate, though. When celebrities age (especially music artists), you imagine them, perhaps, leaving their prime. It’s like the older they get, the farther away from the public’s conscious and interest they become.

But it’s different with Rihanna. There’s no worrisome eye-brow rising at her inclining age — no one’s fearful she’s leaving anything behind. If anything, it seems as if she’s come into her own now more than ever.

I’d even dare to say that Rihanna at 30 is the best Rihanna.


It could be from observing the king of cool and the man who signed her, Jay-Z, or possibly how she’s decided to move after the public and nasty Chris Brown debacle in 2009, but Rihanna has mastered public relations.

We see Rihanna when Rihanna wants to be seen. She doesn’t do interviews, she doesn’t overshare her life on social media — despite having 60 million and 86 million followers on Instagram and Twitter respectively —  and you never know who she’s dating, despite who you see her with.

She navigates fame’s choppy waters with the best of them.

What’s to be admired here is that she manages to maintain relevance without giving too much of herself. It can’t be coincidence that every time she’s caught out she’s in a look that sends blogs and fans fawning.

Rihanna’s poise has a presence artists twenty-plus years in the game aim strive for. That balance of being able to do what you want to while staying lowkey is rare, and 30-year-old Rihanna has it down to a T.


30-year-old Rihanna is the best Rihanna because it’s the most mature Rihanna. Rihanna is a global business, and it’s something she had to grown into.

Between Puma, Dior, and the many designers Rihanna has worked with, it’s clear that entrepreneurship is something she’s always wanted to pursue.

Among the sponsors she’s partnered with, in 2017 Rihanna launched her own beauty line, Fenty Beauty. Besides being a Black woman launching her own business, the inclusion of her product was groundbreaking for the fashion world.


During the launch party for Fenty Beauty, Rihanna emphasized the importance of inclusivity in the beauty industry. “There needs to be something for a dark-skinned girl, there needs to be something for a really pale girl … you want people to appreciate the product and not feel like: ‘Aw, that’s cute, but it only looks good on her,’” she told editors.


Beyond the looks, talent, and money, everyone envies Rihanna’s confidence. No matter where she is or what she’s wearing, it always looks like Rihanna is doin’ whatever the hell she wants. It seems simple, but a lot of people, celebrities or not, have trouble being themselves.

Rihanna might have been the first non-rapper, pop, media darling to openly smoke weed. It’s like she decided she just didn’t give a f*** anymore, and she didn’t lose an endorsement or lose fans in the process. It’s almost as if doubling down on herself, her individuality, and her brand created a niche that millions wanted in on.

Her poise and hustle are the only things Rihanna answers to. As long as she’s taking care of business and moving how she chooses to move, why does anything anyone else says matter? It’s an attitude she’s clearly grown into, and one the looks great on her.

Last year, fans were speculating that Rihanna was pregnant because she started looking noticeably bigger in photos. She wasn’t pregnant, just healthier. And it’s safe to say the world was happier because of it.

Whether it’s happily gaining weight, smoking weed, or partying it up in a club, Rihanna doesn’t compromise for anyone. I’ll take that Rihanna any day.

Rihanna is worth $75 million and counting, she was Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, she’s appearing alongside Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling in Ocean’s Eight this summer, and she’s just starting. Who wouldn’t love Rihanna at 30?

While we’ll never be able to see who Aaliyah, Left Eye, and Selena would have blossomed into, it’s important to appreciate the pop princesses who we still have. So happy birthday to Robyn Rihanna Fenty.