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Rihanna's Latest Magazine Cover Has The Internet In Confusion Over Whether It's Grounds For Cultural Appropriation

Rihanna has since remained mum on the issue.

Singer Rihanna was revealed as the August 2019 cover girl for Harper's Bazaar China on Tuesday.

The luxury fashion designer graced the pages of the high-end magazine in a series of eye-catching ensembles unique to Chinese culture. While some praised the magazine for its editorial creativity, others couldn't help but voice their discontent based on claims of cultural appropriation. 

Per Business of Fashion, Ri Ri's spread was shot by Chinese photographer Chen Men and her wardrobe was provided by designers Iris Van Herpen and Jean Paul Gaultier. No one's denying how beautiful the "Disturbia" singer looks, but the additions of Chinese hand fans and detailed styling caused debate online.

A majority was quick to come to the cosmetic mogul's defense, crediting an army of local creatives who were present to ensure the shoot was appropriate for the culture.

The debate caused users to compare the Grammy-winning songstress to the likes of Kim Kardashian, who not too long ago was also embroiled in heavy debate about what constitutes cultural appropriation. The reality star recently launched a line of shapewear titled "Kimono," and it caused considerable backlash among those in the Japanese community due to its name correlating with the traditional wardrobe piece. After much criticism, the mom of four announced on July 1 she would be dropping the Kimono name in favor of another moniker.

Rihanna has remained mum since discussion began. Perhaps she's waiting to address the controversy on her new album. We can only hope.

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