Rihanna debuted her Harper’s Bazaar China magazine feature last week that saw the singer dressed in ancient and modern Chinese garb, symbolizing the country’s collision East and West. The photographers, designers and visual editors behind the shoot were all Chinese but that hasn’t stopped people from calling Rihanna out for cultural appropriation and a double standard in the matter – considering other acts such as Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner got heat for their previous culture inspired cover shoots.
“Wait a minute when Kendal Jenner was on the cover a magazine with an “afro” people were screaming cultural appropriation but when Rihanna dresses up like this nobody says anything, it’s art, it’s glam 🖕🏽fuck the double standards,” one user wrote.
While a large number users online weren’t too happy with the cover photo, there was an even amount people who defended the singer’s actions. “It’s directed by chinese artists in a chinese mag published IN CHINA where the chinese aren’t a minority. cultural appropriation happens when you take someone’s culture for your own. rihanna was literally dressed to pay homage to their culture. appreciation, not appropriation,” another user chimed in.
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