Rihanna Accused of Cultural Appropriation | 22 Words

Rihanna has been put on blast by fans after being accused of cultural appropriation following a topless photo of herself.

People have had a lot to say...

We all know Rihanna is a household name.

Adored by thousands of fans across the globe, they believe she can do no wrong.

Until this week, that is...

As after posting a picture online, she's been accused of cultural appropriation.

Keep scrolling to see all the drama for yourself...

Now, the singer-songwriter, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, first popped up on the scene with "Pon De Replay" in 2005 after a successful audition with Jay-Z.

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The release of the song propelled her to stardom, capturing the hearts of international audiences.

Who doesn't love Rihanna's music?


The unique fusion of reggae and R&B vibes became the perfect combination for Rihanna's dance tracks and her first full album, Music of the Sun, was released soon after.

Her career in music only got more successful with the release of one of her most popular albums, Good Girl Gone Bad.

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In 2007, Rihanna's image underwent a drastic change. She ditched her Caribbean vibes for a more rebellious one, chopping off her long hair and sporting a spiky pixie cut instead. It became her signature look during the promotion of the album, which featured big-name stars such as Justin Timberlake.

After her most recent album, Anti (2016), was released, she decided to take a break from her music career.


Anti did extremely well, ranking at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

It featured some of her most popular songs like "Kiss It Better" and who could ever forget "Work," featuring Drake?

But her latest venture into the beauty industry led her to a fortune of billions of dollars.

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In 2017, Rihanna really changed the game with her products, from her range of foundations all the way down to her iconic gloss bomb. I'm going to say it: Fenty Beauty is probably one of the best things to ever happen to the industry.

The tag line says it all.

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"Beauty for All". Because the industry was becoming more and more diverse, the artist wanted to make sure that she was also moving with the trend. Her first line of foundations included a whopping forty different shades to suit all skin tones. She even went as far as thinking about the undertones of each one!

There's nothing worse than not being able to find your shade.


Foundation shopping is one of the most difficult tasks for us girls. But Fenty Beauty has gone out of its way to make sure that all individuals can find the right foundation for them.

And she did not disappoint. With the recent addition of new shades, the company is absolutely killing the make-up game.

No wonder it's now estimated to be worth billions!


When Fenty Beauty first launched, it racked up an amazing $100 million in its first week.

Most of the products sold out immediately and the buzz around the company hasn't died since. Rihanna also announced on her Instagram that there is even more to come.

In 2018, however, Rihanna's career moved into the world of acting.

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Of course, we've all watched Ocean's 8, right?

Rihanna played a hacker called Nine Ball.

Nine Ball, yes, that is her name in the movie, is an expert in all things tech. She hacks into the Met's system in order to cover up all traces of the heist. She is a crucial part of the operation, and, according to the whole of the internet, she did an amazing job.

Could Rihanna become a billionaire in the next 5 years?

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Well, at the rate she's going, there's nothing that can stop her. The launch of her high-end clothing line in partnership with LVMHĀ means she has yet another way of earning a profit. The release of this line also meant that she made history as the first woman to create an original brand at LVMH while also being the first woman of color at the top of an LVMH establishment.

But other than her astonishing career, she is loved for a more simple reason.

She just loves to keep it real.

Remember when a reporter asked her this question on the red carpet?


During the launch of her first-ever male perfume Rogue, a reporter asked her what she's looking for in a man... And it clearly didn't sit too well with the artist.

She proceeded to tell her: "I'm not looking for a man. How about we start there?"


You go RiRi!

And don't even get me started on the whole "fat" fiasco.

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A fan photographed Rihanna at an angle deemed "unflattering," and people started sending her abuse about letting herself go and becoming "overweight."

But in true Rihanna fashion, she had the perfect response to those haters.

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She commented on the post saying: "Somebody called me too fat?" with 3 laughing-crying emojis. Even she found the comment to be ridiculous, as did the fans who had her back on the issue.

Long story short, Rihanna is the queen of keeping it real.

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And she has never let her new-found wealth go to her head.

But despite all the love she receives...

She's found herself in hot water this week after the star posted a picture wearing a religious pendant.

And it prompted fans and critics online to accuse her of cultural appropriation...

In the image posted on Instagram, the star is posing beside a pool wearing a pair of silk shorts, the pendant, and a pair of earrings.

The pendant appears to feature a diamond-studded ornamental impression of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesha.

You can see the picture that's got everyone talking, Here.

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