By: Steven Underwood
This past week, SNAPCHAT came under fire after featuring a tasteless ad comparing two photos depicting singer/icon Rihanna with the caption: “”Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.”
Rather than taking person offense, Rihanna’s commentary on the controversy was instead in defense of all survivors of domestic abuse: “Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there!” Rihanna stated in a brief Instagram caption. “But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!”
Chris Brown also responded in an amazingly tactical fashion, through attorney, Mark Geragos. “Whoever posted this at SNAPCHAT needs to be slapped.”
According to Vanity Fair, since the controversy was exposed, the ad has since been taken down and SNAPCHAT has suffered a $800 Million dollar loss: another nail in SNAPCHAT’S growing coffin.
Featured Photo Courtesy of New York Times
By: Steven Underwood
This morning, Snapchat Sage, DJ Khaled, Real-world Mystique, Rhianna and Bryson Tiller debuted their video to their instant hit, WILD THOUGHTS and set a commotion across Twitter that is sure to top Summer playlists everywhere as a hit. While many are speaking about the genius sampling of MARIA MARIA’s guitar solo, a ballad during the 90’s brilliant dalliances into Latin Pop, even more are noting the subtly vibrant styles of Rhianna.
The Multihyphenated-singer-songerwriter-styler-setter, Rhianna shoulder shimmies and groves across the screen in a passionate pink tone complete in a Latin inspired ensemble: tantalizing with an off-the-shoulder pink sheer crop, beautiful floral-inspired bottoms, rose patterned headscarf, pink shades and dangling golden earrings, invoking the clandestine seduction of Carmen herself. Seductive, yet highlighted with a bombastic street aesthetic the entire way, furthering the sentiment that the seduction of the flower begins and ends in the heart of the ghetto culture Black girls were scrutinized for almost a decade back.
The Empress of Style changes her look maybe once the entire production. And to what you may ask? A simple strapless dress in a sorrowful blue that showed legs longer than Tiller’s feature. She was complete only by her bracelets of beads and silver, inch-long ruby nails, and an effortlessly primal stage presence. A dominate ambiance that’d send a puritan spiraling in their grave: praise be Rhianna.
If anything , WILD THOUGHTS further proves that there is no look Rhianna cannot dominate on her way to the top of American Fashion Iconography.