07 Nov Opinion: Rihanna’s Queen Nefertiti Inspired Cover For Vogue Arabia & The Ensuing Backlash
Rihanna’s cover for Vogue Arabia recently launched and damn was it one hell of a cover or not? Totally! with Hair done by Yusef Williams and Makeup by Isamaya Ffrench; her Nails were done by Jenny Longworth. Styled in pieces from Hi-end brands like Jason Wu, Burberry and more by Anya Ziourova; she was aptly photographed by Greg Kadel. With a full team on ground and a mixture of excellent creative vibes; the stunning images were made with a concept geared at paying tribute to the late queen Nefertiti of Egypt, but then this excellent piece of work didn’t not go down well with some self proclaimed internet cultural and moral police who took to the avenue to express their displeasure. With some people saying that the creative editorial was an act of cultural appropriation.
What I find strange is the simplicity of people’s minds these days. The fact that people no longer have the slightest patience to read, assimilate and understand- weigh things before making a judgement. Some people actually said it was wrong for Rihanna to chanel Nefertiti simply because she’s not Egyptian (mind blown). For those that are struggling to understand creative ideas where a particular icon or known figure is channelled; it’s really simple -they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. When an iconic person is known for their unique styles especially as it relates to fashion- the creative world will always look to them and their stories for inspiration. It is nothing to do with race, colour or creed- it is simply a creative inspiration that prompts nostalgic feelings in the minds of those who can relate. It is a way a showing respect and adoration for the gone icons.
One last thing, in the creative industry Art is colourless. We produce visions to gladden the heart- it has absolutely nothing to do with appropriations. People have become so engrossed with all the agitations around the issues of race, culture, acceptance and more that we no longer know when and where to draw the line. We now often fall into the trap of being the people we condemn. Don’t agitate for tolerance if you have no iota of tolerance in you. if you preach inclusivity, then ones race should have no bearing when it comes to creative expressions. The world is now so globalised that cultures are constantly blending into each other- stop asking for things you are not willing to give.
All through this piece are lovely images of Rihanna for Vogue Arabia. Follow link Here to see more