Rihanna Responds to Fan Who Says Fenty Beauty Should Hire Trans Models

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The world is dying over Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty line. The 40 shades of foundation, celestial-level highlighters and sexiest red lipstick ever are selling like hot cakes. Since Fenty is so inclusive, with a super diverse marketing campaign, a fan reached out to RiRi on Twitter suggesting she hire trans models to rep it. The "Wild Thoughts" singer messaged him back directly with a statement that has now been made public. Some folks are getting behind it while others... not so much.

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Brazilian fan Alberto Otero, @lbertootero, messaged the "Love on the Brain" singer, writing “Fenty Beauty campaign is awesome, next time you record something should invite a trans girl to the group.”

And Rihanna answered, saying “I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years,” but she doesn’t “go around doing trans castings! Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings…I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool!”

Pleased with the response, Alberto made the private Twitter convo public, reportedly with the star’s permission, saying “When I thought she couldn’t teach me more…” and added a heart emoji.

Fans like @popcrave were behind it too, posting, “As a trans woman I have so much admiration and respect for Rihanna. She worded all of that so perfectly and respectful and kind. She’s a true angel.”

While others like @TeenSuccubus don’t think it can be so easily dismissed posting, “Hmm I see where Rihanna is coming from, but I do think a platform for trans people to be on beauty campaigns is important. Of course tokenism is an issue, but I think representation is so important and tokenism doesn’t always negate a positive reception.”

And @sateenie Tweeted, “We respect Rihanna and agree that Trans bodies are used as an easy way to make brands appear "inclusive". But at this point visibility is integral for trans ppl. More brands need to be hiring trans/gnc ppl and poc in GENERAL. Ps: hiring them means paying them.

While it’s true that using a particular model just to say you did is wrong, but raising visibility is always a good thing… What do you think about Rihanna’s statement?

 

H/T: BBC