Culture

Can Rihanna's 'Harper’s Bazaar' China Cover Be Considered Cultural Appropriation?

Here’s what Chinese netizens have to say about it.

6,231 Hypes

Can Rihanna's 'Harper’s Bazaar' China Cover Be Considered Cultural Appropriation?

Here’s what Chinese netizens have to say about it.

This week, Harper’s Bazaar China unveiled its August 2019 cover star, Barbadian singer, fashion mogul, actress and founder of Fenty Beauty, Rihanna. However, after the magazine released the teaser on their Instagram account, some social media users are speculating if the concept of the photos is considered cultural appropriation.

With the recent backlash against Kim Kardashian’s shapewear line, formerly known as Kimono, critics have been comparing Rihanna’s cover to the reality star’s attempted brand name. After the 31-year-old singer posted her photo on her Instagram, comments accusing her of cultural appropriation have been flooding in. Although, true fans have pointed out that the Harper’s Bazaar shoot has been produced by a Chinese team consisting of local creatives, and therefore was able to oversee and curate the cover star’s imperial look in a modern yet respectful manner.

On the other hand, Chinese netizens have not had a problem with the superstar or the publication. In fact, Chinese blogger Ye Si, also known as Gogoboi, on Weibo said, “I’ve always said that she could pull anything off. I didn’t expect that she would go down the Tang Dynasty route and look sexy yet classy and graceful in a diamond necklace that probably weighs 10 tons. That’s beauty.”

Read Full Article
Text By
Share this article

What to Read Next

Why You Need to Add Pangaia's New Sustainable Fashion Pieces to Your Wardrobe
Fashion

Why You Need to Add Pangaia's New Sustainable Fashion Pieces to Your Wardrobe

Featuring botanical dyed T-shirts and recycled hoodies.

Cop Statement Shoes From Buffalo London's New Collection
Footwear

Cop Statement Shoes From Buffalo London's New Collection

From metallic silver to camouflage print.

Here Are the Best Anti-Pollution Beauty Products to Help Your Skin Combat Polluted Air
Beauty 

Here Are the Best Anti-Pollution Beauty Products to Help Your Skin Combat Polluted Air

From The Ordinary to Drunk Elephant.

UPDATE: COMME des GARÇONS' Just Added More Items to Its Lineup of CDG Branded Gear
Fashion

UPDATE: COMME des GARÇONS' Just Added More Items to Its Lineup of CDG Branded Gear

From coach jackets to backpacks.

Get Summer Nail Inspo From Gelcream x essie's Latest Collaboration
Beauty

Get Summer Nail Inspo From Gelcream x essie's Latest Collaboration

Beach-ready.

Tarte's "SEA" Collection Gets Two New Clean Beauty Launches
Beauty

Tarte's "SEA" Collection Gets Two New Clean Beauty Launches

Featuring vegan pocket palettes and seven new H2O gloss shades.

Get Summer-Ready With Urban Decay's All-New Stay Naked Collection
Beauty

Get Summer-Ready With Urban Decay's All-New Stay Naked Collection

Vegan and cruelty-free products featuring up to 50 different shades.

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Stranger Things' Star Finn Wolfhard
Film & TV

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Stranger Things' Star Finn Wolfhard

From his band to the movies he played in.

UPDATE: Starbucks' New Tie-Dye Frappuccino Has Officially Arrived
Culture

UPDATE: Starbucks' New Tie-Dye Frappuccino Has Officially Arrived

Unicorn Frappuccino, who?

Are Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Engaged?
Culture

Are Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Engaged?

The Internet seems to believe so.

More ▾
 

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.