— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 24, 2017
Rihanna responds to comment about the lack of trans models in her Fenty Beauty campaign stating that she does not want to use trans people as a “convenient marketing tool”.
Rihanna, responding back to a direct message from a fan who wrote “Fenty Beauty campaign is awesome, next time you record something you should invite a trans girl to the group”. Rihanna, wrote back explaining that whether or not someone is trans is none of my business and that she would not include someone as the “token trans model”.
— savage (@lbertootero) November 29, 2017
The comment did come from a fan of Rihanna’s who had sent a message to her Twitter account suggesting that Rihanna should be hiring trans women to show off her popular line of beauty products. To the fans surprise Rihanna sent back a nice, lengthy and thoughtful response. Rihanna explained why she does not have those type of castings which are specifically looking for that type of person due to sexuality or race.
“Ive had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don’t go around doing trans casting! Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings!”
“Too often do I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike! There’s always just that one spot in the campaign for the token “we look mad diverse” girl/guy! Its sad!”
Rihanna’s fans actually appreciated her response to the fan’s question. Forme, I just never understand the reasoning as to why in this world we have to label everything? Instead of saying yes we used a transexual model, it sould be yes, we used this model because of whatever the casting called for. I also agree with Rihanna, when she states that “It’s personal and some trans women are more comfortable about being open about it than others so I have to respect that as a women myself!”
At the end of the day everyone wants to be able to live their own life without being judged on sex and/or race. The point that I am taking from Rihanna is that her beauty line is being marketed to anyone regardless of who you are. If you love Fenty Beauty, Rihanna loves you too!