Fenty Beauty has been celebrated since before its initial launch for crazy good inclusivity. Rihanna has totally raised the bar for beauty and fashion brands everywhere by featuring people of every color, sexual orientation, and gender in her ad campaigns and on her social media.
One fan, however, took an issue with Rihanna not including any trans people in the Fenty Beauty campaigns, and slid into her Twitter DMs to address it.
Rihanna hit him back with a pretty informative response.
"I've had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don't go around doing trans castings," she said. "Just like I don't do straight non trans women castings! I respect all women, and whether they're trans or not is none of my business!"
"It's personal and some trans women are more comfortable being open about it than others so I have to respect that as a woman myself," she continued.
"I don't think it's fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool! 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! It's sad!"
Oh Rih, you mean a token trans model like Munroe Bergdorf, who L'Oreal hired and then fired the moment she spoke out about white supremacy?
Right on, girl! Tokenizing people to capitalize on diversity as a "trend" only proves that a lot of these brands don't *really* care about the marginalized groups they are pandering to.
It's cool that Rihanna recognizes this problem and is determined to not ever do that with her brands.
After Otero clarified that he wasn't trying to come for Rihanna or "sound critical" with his inquiry, Rihanna even assured him that she totally gets why he asked.
"You absolutely didn't babe! Just didn't want you to think I intentionally leave anyone out," she assured him.
AND SHE LEFT A KISSING EMOJI. Sigh.