Rihanna is being presented with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award at this year’s ceremony for the annual accolades that highlight and celebrate distinguished talent across the fashion stratosphere. Previous recipients have included Nicole Kidman (I see it, I get it), Johnny Depp (I am it), Kate Moss (I want to be it) and most recently, Lady Gaga (Wuht.).
The news comes not even a full 24 hours (if we’re only considering work days and keeping weekends where they belong: in a sacred, preserved incubator of gilded lilies and hazelnut chocolate raindrops) after that of Kim Kardashian’s Vogue cover, which is important to note for two reasons: the first being Vogue’s involvement with the CFDA, the second being that Kardashian and Rihanna are arguably the two most talked about celebrities in the public consciousness right now.
And similarly to our reaction to the anterior cover, we’re not particularly surprised.
After all, she was the most photographed, talked about and enigmatic entity at Paris Fashion Week this past season. And frankly speaking, she really does go for it. She takes risks. With a pretty penny and in full looks, yes, but risks nonetheless.
Her style is like a piñata that leaks all sorts of delights when whacked– some you love at the disappointment of your dentist (grillz!), and others you hate but can still respect because the spice of life is predicated on the concept of variety. She’s also incredibly famous. Like, identifiable-through-the-lens-of-an-older-gentleman-who-has-never-left-North-Korea-famous, which, of course makes the scale on which her impact resides fairly extensive, but that’s just it. The fame thing. Her access and her confidence and the way in which she carries herself as a result of those two things makes us want to talk about this.
So, p-p-p-lease, weigh in. Eh? How do you feel about Rihanna receiving this incredibly valued award for Fashion Icon of The Year? Is your reaction as visceral as it was to Kimye’s cover?