Vogue Arabia has been killing the game for a while now with their spectacular issues, and incredible cover stars. And for this month’s issue, they had the very gorgeous Rihanna pay homage to our very own Queen Nefertiti.
“Thousands of years apart, two iconic women will finally meet in the pages of Vogue Arabia”- as said in the caption of the Instagram post revealing the anticipated November issue.
Styled by Anya Ziourova with some Gucci pieces and a custom-designed headpiece by Faeth Millinery, Rihanna faced-off the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, as a picture of women’s empowerment. She ruled Ancient Egypt next to her husband Pharoah Akhenaton almost 3,500 years ago, and how she is still one of the most beloved and well-known figures in the Middle East and the world.
But unfortunately, Rihanna and the magazine received backlash on social media concerning the cover, accusing her of cultural appropriation of Egyptian culture. Most of the reacts had the opinion that they should have used an Egyptian or an Arab model/celebrity instead.
Rihanna didn’t respond to the comments until Manuel Arnaut, Vogue Arabia Editor-in-Chief responded through an Editor’s letter about the November issue, and all the controversy about it.
“We are dedicating the issue to strong and dynamic women who are changing the world. Rihanna, our cover star, is one of them. Not only is she one of the most successful pop icons ever, shaping the entertainment industry with her powerful tunes and unique sense of style, she is also an advocate for diversity.”
However Vogue Arabia has been releasing incredible issues since their start, this isn’t the first time to be under fire. Previously Model Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid who received hate for modelling for the Arab edition of the magazine. Can’t we just stop the war and enjoy the art and fashion?