Rihanna Explains Why She Hasn't Used Trans Models For Fenty Beauty


Rihanna has had an impeccable year in the limelight in every sense of the word, anyone who's kept up with the 29-year-old entertainer would know.

After being rewarded for her philanthropy and impact on pop culture, getting a street named after her in Barbados and launching a monstrous beauty brand garnering massive attention for its inclusivity, we're wondering what, if anything, Rih can't do. 

Unfortunately, it looks like one of her fans noticed one thing Rihanna hasn't done, and that's use a trans model in any of her Fenty Beauty campaigns.

In a screenshot published by Twitter @ibertootero, we can see the question posed which then received a lengthy response from the pop star.

The response began, "I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don’t go around doing trans castings! Just like I don't do straight non trans women castings." The message continues, explaining:

“I respect all women. Whether they’re trans or not is none of my business. I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool."

The conversation took place between Rihanna and the afformentioned Twitter user – who also runs Brazilian Twitter fan page @RihannanNOBR – via Twitter DMs.

She continues, explaining that trans men and women, and POC alike, are too often given the token role in marketing campaigns, as if to say a company's coolness is gauged by how eager they are to appeal to millenials by using trans or POC models:

“Too often 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! It’s sad!”

The exchange was later made public online by @ibertootero who expressed he felt enlightened by the songstress' honest words.

As an active ally for the LGBTQ community, there's no bone in our body that says Rihanna doesn't love her supporters of all background, orientations and identities. Even better is her blunt and honest response to why she's yet to use a trans model in her campaign, as opposed to just sticking one in and becoming as shallow as L'Oreal was with Munroe Bergdorf.

Regardless of if and when Rih utilizes trans representation in her beauty campaigns, we're grateful for her thoughtful commentary that explains trans people aren't a prop or a token, and any girl's identity is her own to embrace and know.