“I Don’t Go Around Doing Trans Castings!” Rihanna Addresses Fan Who Says Trans Women Should Model Fenty Beauty
You know how they say you can’t make everybody happy? Well, Rihanna nearly succeeded when she released Fenty Beauty this fall, achieving widespread acclaim for her commitment to diversity by offering 40 different foundation shades at first launch. But fan and follower Alberto Otero may be the one person on this earth who actually has a bit of an issue with the brand. While he’s here for the diversity of color, he’s looking for a bit more variety across the gender spectrum, tweeting that the next time Fenty Beauty creates an ad they should “invite a trans girl to the group.”
Surprisingly, Rihanna actually addressed the remark and her response is a reminder that she’s not the same clapback Ri Ri she was a few years ago — but she will still set you straight. Sharing that she’s worked with a number of trans models over the years, the 29-year-old said in no uncertain terms, “I don’t go around doing trans castings! Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings!”
The singer and budding beauty mogul went on to explain how whether or not a model is trans is not only personal but also not any of her business. Plus, she’s not interested in engaging in the very tokenism many Black women are reduced too, Rihanna said. “I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool!” she wrote. “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!”
Rihanna’s certainly right and even her fan knows it. He shared the conversation with Rihanna in the tweet above, adoringly noting his icon just taught him something new.