Shaved head, tracksuit and high heels, sheer dress studded with Swarovski crystals… When it comes to fashion, we thought Rihanna had already tried it all. Where others will soon be neglected in her bold outfits, “Riri” makes everything she wears elegant.
The same goes for everything else she does, as the singer and entrepreneur has also redefined the makeup world with Fenty Beauty, and lingerie standards with her all-in-one brand Savage X Fenty.
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Since she made her pregnancy official on January 31, 2022, Rihanna has already been flipping the roles of societal norms that govern motherhood.
Rihanna’s pregnancy, symbolic announcement
The rumors have been circulating for months. At the 2021 MET Gala last September, the black XXL dress that Rihanna was wearing piqued the curiosity of her fans. They immediately suspected pregnancy.
We know how difficult it is to implicate or ask a woman if she is pregnant. But despite all the doubts, the singer love in the brain Always trying to be funny. In December 2021, she wrote in a private message to a fan: “You get pregnant every fucking year!”
January 31, 2022. We learned that the singer and her partner A$AP Rocky are expecting their first child. The news spreads and spreads all over the world through social media. And while the news of the pregnancy pleased everyone, the symbolic way the couple announced the news was especially remarkable.
Where most celebrities like to announce a happy event through their social media accounts, Rihanna decided to go against the tide. Paparazzi favorite Miles Diggs, aka diggzy, has chosen to break the news with a series of paparazzi street photos.
With this, the star wink from Barbados at a time when the stolen photos hampered the privacy of the stars. But in her case, she is dominant.
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And as she never fails to live up to her reputation as a fashion expert, Rihanna donned a long pink Chanel coat from her fall-winter 1996 collection in the pictures. Extra details? The jacket is half open to reveal her bulging belly.
Rihanna, the maternity wear icon
Celebrity pregnancies are always closely watched by the media, fans and fashionistas. From Lady Di to Kim Kardashian, we follow the looks of these moms.
In fact, it was these celebrities who breathed new life into maternity fashion, because maternity clothes weren’t exactly trendy for a long time.
In the Middle Ages, the dresses of nobles and wealthy women were designed to fit the image of their pregnant bodies: they were set on the chest and exploded from the abdomen. Then the pregnant woman was seen as a good husband and praised to heaven.
Today, the clothes of a woman carrying a child reflects her financial situation, as she can afford a maternity wardrobe and other moments in her life. Subsequently, every piece of clothing makes a pregnant woman dress in a way that she feels comfortable in, in fact nothing has been done to make it fashionable.
But thanks to the looks of pregnant starlets and the arrival of mommy influencers in 2010, maternity wear exploded in the ’90s and is now a true fashion statement. This applies to all women, regardless of their budget.
A week after the official announcement, Rihanna appeared in a shirt open throughout her midriff. Aside from its obvious bulge, this low cut slit paired with skinny leggings and pumps is a frequent gimmick for fashionistas.
While you might expect her to wear more veiled clothes, “Badgalriri” dismantles the idea that a pregnant woman’s stomach should be camouflaged and her clothes should be looser.
And the woman who won the Fashion Icon award in 2014 isn’t holding back. In a new photo of Miles Diggs, she can be seen wearing a cropped top under a fur coat. That same week, she again wore a cropped T-shirt and a set of The Attico pants at a Fenty Beauty event in Los Angeles.
Rihanna continues to wear her high heel sandals and has no intention of reducing her sexy and extravagant look to the least. Topless, it celebrates pregnant women’s bodies, and shows that pregnancy is no reason to suddenly start wearing practical clothes and a cape. Long live Riri!
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire France.