She’s once, twice and now three times a Vogue cover model and this time the Bajan superstar is covering US Vogue’s second biggest edition of the year- the spring fashion issue.
In a close-cropped pixie cut, Riri is bringing some of the grunge and 90s influenced style seen in her River Island collection plus a little flappers style in one of our favourite looks from the shoot.
Question though – while we’re loving the cover trifecta for our undeniably island girl, Vogue does realise there are other black women in the world right? In the last 5 years, they have had the same 3 black women (Rihanna, Beyonce and of course FLOTUS Michelle Obama) on the cover 7 times!
Now don’t get me wrong- I adore each of these women for their power, strength and style and I have all of their editions.
But we’ve addressed this before – why is the bar for a Vogue cover so very different for women of colour?
Naomie Harris just gave an acclaimed performance in a Golden Globe nominated movie (Mandela) playing one of the most controversial women of the 20th century. Oh and she is set to become a recurring character in one of the biggest movie franchises in moviedom, playing Ms Moneypenny in the Bond movies. Usually this would get a gal a Vogue cover. Blake Lively has done a hell of a lot less for her covers. Or Carey Mulligan.
Kerry Washington has the hottest show on television and is a fashion dream not to mention super smart and on every other top magazine cover.
Or Zoe Saldana who was in two teensy films (if teensy means blockbuster)- namely Avatar and Star Trek. And is also a major fashionista.
So it’s not like we aren’t super happy for Riri but we would love to be happy for other talented and deserving ladies too.