Vol. 3 of Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Fashion Show was released on Amazon on Friday.
Several high-profile figures participated, including Emily Ratajkowski and Vanessa Hudgens.
The show received backlash for “cultural appropriation” as some of the white models wore braids.
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Vol. 3 of Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show, released on Amazon on Friday, has been criticized for “cultural appropriation” by people who were upset at seeing white models with braids.
The show was incredibly diverse, but some viewers criticized the fact that white models, including Emily Ratajkowski, had their hair in braids, which is traditionally worn by black women.
Ratajkowski walked the runway to NERD’s “Lemon” with Rihanna. A TikTok user named Dee, who has the Worst.western420 account, which has 1.9 million followers, disagreed with the fact that Ratajkowski appeared while the line “Ethnic Crazy Right Now” was playing. TikTok has been viewed 1.4 million times and received 235,000 likes.
Many voiced their opinions on social media, tweeting that white women with hair this way constitutes cultural appropriation.
“I wish I could write something as fun as Rihanna putting all these white girls in braids for the fenty show”, comedy writer Raina Morris tweeted.
However, others showed appreciation for the number of women who wore braids and celebrated the hairstyle.
Otherwise, the premiere was a huge success, with many famous guests in attendance, including supermodel Gigi Hadid, TikToker Bella Poarch, and “Drag Race” star Gottmik.
A previous Savage X Fenty show in October 2020 was accused of cultural appropriation for including a song that offended some Muslims. Coucou Chloe’s “Doom” was played during a performance, which contained samples of Hadith, a type of Islamic writing.
Rihanna was criticized on social media by people of Muslim faith, saying it was “disrespectful” and “a mockery” of her religion.
Rihanna apologized and admitted it was a “huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive.”
“I would like, more importantly, to apologize for this honest but careless mistake. We understand that we hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I am incredibly disheartened by this,” she wrote on Instagram.
Rihanna has yet to respond to the latest criticism. Insider has reached out to representatives for Rihanna for comment.
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