— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 27, 2017
Rihanna could do no wrong until her new cover for Vogue Arabia. The singer channels Egyptian queen Nefertiti on the magazine’s November issue. While reactions started pouring in on her possible cultural appropriation other fans were going gaga over the transformation.
— Plushette (@P_Hollywood) October 27, 2017
— Ashley🖤 (@rclxpvp) October 27, 2017
A LEGEND SHAKINGGG
— 🔮 (@CloseToRih) October 27, 2017
But those who dubbed Rih’s cover as cultural appropriation thought she was getting a pass.
this is cultural appropriation and it’s wrong. shame on you and your parents you white supremacist
— ナチスカム (@veryunmotivated) October 27, 2017
A few even ignited various debates about model Gigi Hadid. They compared her wearing of a Hijab on Vogue Arabia’s inaugural issue to Rih’s Nefertiti look.
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Hadid has a Dutch-born American mother and a Palestinian-American father while Rihanna is Bajan.
Shut up, we've been culturally appropriated by EVERYone for millennia and Nefertiti was black African. To me.
— F.Corey (@cfgodwell) October 27, 2017
that makes no sense at all I don't mind if she's on the cover but why where y'all bashing Gigi an actual ARAB
— . (@zaehyungbaby) October 17, 2017
But at least one person, who is Arab, thought everything was all good with Rih’s cover.
If u aren’t Arab ur opinion on this is invalid. Rihanna is on the cover but she isn’t appropriating our culture so we good
— lil spooky vert (@nabzzzz8123) October 27, 2017