Making a statement while also making it fashionable is one of the many things Rihanna flawlessly delivers time and time again.
Gracing the cover of the highly coveted Vogue magazine, Rihanna brought her effortlessly bold style front and center. Rocking iconic looks that until today many could only have imagined, she became the first person EVER to wear a durag on British Vogue’s 104-year history.
According to contributing Vogue editor Funmi Fetto, the significance of Rihanna wearing the durag was an iteration of what was once used as a symbol of oppression.
“The tainted fabric has been reclaimed as a symbol of black beauty, a signifier of style worn on the streets, the catwalk, the red carpet…And now, in a powerful mic-drop moment, the durag is making its first appearance on the May 2020 cover of British Vogue, worn by Rihanna," stated Fetto.
For decades they convinced us that our hair was undesirable and that it should be straightened, altered or covered. So much so there were laws once put in place making it a crime for natural hair to be worn. (Who remembers the Tignon Law).
Today we reclaim what was once used to oppress us. Today we take ownership in the beauty we were conditioned to believe was not beautiful.
Artists such as Rihanna, continue to create empires that provide a space where being ‘too black’ is now something to be admired. No longer apologizing for what the world attempted to suppress, the narrative has been flipped and owning the rooms we were once unwelcome is the new narrative.