Rihanna is the most recent superstar to be accused of cultural appropriation after showing on the August 2019 cowl of Harper’s Bazaar China.
The 31-year-old shared a primary look of her picture shoot for the publication on Instagram, sporting a blue robe with billowing sleeves and holding a Chinese language fan.
Her coiffure and jewelry had been additionally paying homage to conventional Chinese language types, whereas the centre of her lips had been painted in pink.
Harper’s Bazaar China additionally shared photographs of the journal shoot by itself Instagram account, describing Rihanna’s look as when “western type icon meets japanese aesthetic”.
However the photographs had been criticised by social media customers, with many accusing the publication and the Umbrella singer of cultural appropriation.
One consumer commented on Instagram: “I’m asian and I discover it offensive. I do know Rhiana and the creators of this picture would not give a s*** about my opinion, which solely proves that the disrespect they need to our tradition. In case you needed to create an asian look why did not you invite asian artists?”
One other mentioned: “Not applicable and racist. She has no thought what she’s sporting.”
Others defended the journal’s styling, with one consumer writing: “That is cultural appreciation, not appropriation. If she had been claiming to be Chinese language or she invented the type, appropriation matches.”
One other posted: “Does no one notice it is a CHINESE journal? It is actually an Asian journal utilizing a mannequin.
“Asian journal corporations aren’t going to place her in western garments or one thing from Barbados. They’ll use their tradition to decorate the mannequin.”
Different photographs from the picture shoot embody extra references to Chinese language tradition, together with a manicure that includes lotus flowers and dragonflies, and a Shih Tzu canine.
Some Instagrammers in contrast it to Kim Kardashian West’s latest cultural appropriation controversy after she named her new shapewear line Kimono – which is the title of a standard Japanese garment.
The 38-year-old was lambasted by social media customers for trademarking the time period, a play on her title, which she has since introduced might be rebranded.
Her half-sister, mannequin Kendall Jenner, was additionally accused of cultural appropriation when she wore a coiffure that many felt was just like an afro for a US Vogue cowl.