Rhianna Sets Standards for Music and Beauty
She is known for her music, her inexplicable fashion, her personality and now, for her beauty line. Pop-music icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty who is mainly known as Rihanna is a major influence for women all around. She is always promoting self-love, civil rights, and independence.
Rhianna has been in the music industry for more than a decade now, with fourteen №1 hits, 31 top 10 hits in Billboard magazine, including songs Umbrella ft. Jay-Z which peaked number 1 in 2007, Work featuring Drake which also peaked in 2016. With other top hits such as Love The Way You Lie featuring Eminem from 2010. Rihanna has made a name for herself with music, collaborating with other artists like Calvin Harris, T.I., and Britney Spears. Many would consider her as the best role-model for young women.
At the annual Black Girls Rock! Event in 2016, Rhianna made a speech to her fans and said “The minute you learn to love yourself, you will not want to be anybody else…” empowering fans to love and take care themselves. Later she says “Role model is not the title they like to give me… but I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle. Hopefully one day I’ll be raising my own little black girl who rocks.” Rhinna does indeed have the power to influence young women. The young black women twitter community rages on about how Rhianna is their inspiration to love themselves, and how they feel empowered by her music and her fashion.
Rhianna also said that her goal is to inspire young women to be themselves, and that is half of the battle. What keeps her successful is how she is true to herself, and that example is what young women of color look up to.
Though critics would disagree and call her out for walking around half-naked making her the face of over-sexualizing, others would argue that what she is doing is defying the status quo, setting an example for women who are pressured by today’s feminine beauty standards. Rhianna is seen as the opposite of feminism, but what she promotes are individuality and pride and to be comfortable in our own skin, and a major move she makes is launching her make-up line Fenty Beauty.
In September of 2017, Rhianna launched her makeup line Fenty beauty with 40 different foundation shades. What is most empowering about her line, is that she made it clear that the shades aren’t just for white or black girls, but for people of all races. With pictures of foundation shades on different people, each person a with different ethnicity. Empowering all women of color who struggle to find diversity in make-up products. It is a struggle for people all around the world to find a good foundation shade that is affordable and works for their skin tone because there isn’t enough diversity in cheaper brands, and the brands with more color options are too expensive.
Rhianna wanted to use her make-up line to promote a new era of inclusivity for the industry. She said that with every color she said “There has to be something for a dark-skinned girl; there needs to be something for a really pale girl” She wanted to create a product that everyone could have and enjoy without someone saying “that’s cute but it only looks good on her.”
The desire for her foundations was so intense that the darkest shades almost immediately sold out. When the shades sold out, people were tweeting their praise to Rhianna for releasing shades for dark girls. She wrote on her Instagram “The beauty world for people of color has welcomed another brand that goes into understanding that we have different undertones and shades, not just 3, but multiple!” to sum up the importance of the makeup brand for women of color.
There was a widely popular photo on Instagram of a Sephora counter with more than a dozen of the darkest shades sold out, with a caption that read “This is for all the makeup brands who think the dark shades won’t sell well.” The photo showed that the beauty industry tends to ignore darker skin shades where Rhianna made it a point to address people of color and their skin color.
Rhianna sets new and advanced standards for herself and for women around the world. Though many argue she is provocative, and not a good role-model. She is empowering people of color, and young women all around the world to love themselves and to be true to themselves. She is not just a music icon, but a beauty icon and an activist. Even though critics disagree, women need an icon who is not afraid of being different, an icon who will carry themselves with confidence.