Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – On September 20, 2019, Rihanna launched her Savage x Fenty Fashion Show on Amazon featuring her lingerie fashion collection celebrating all genders choreographed by Parris Goebel.
Why not celebrate the work of two incredible brown, female, artists coming to snatch every bit of your hair out and leave you wondering what life was like before they rocked your world?
The work that Rihanna has created via her fashion line has filled a gaping hole in the worlds of curvy and “non-fashion standard” women worldwide. I still get chills thinking about the morning I woke up and saw this fashion show for the first time. The sheer diversity of designs and body types literally moved me to tears. As I explored why the moment hit me that hard I realized that while I adore participating in the consumer end of fashion shows, IT IS RARE for me to see models who reflect my body type up on the runway.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s way better than it used to be, but we have a LONG way to go.
When you’re a big, curvy girl you are taught to hide your body until and if you can “fix” your body to fit the standard fashion type. There’s a lot of shame that you wade through and no where is it quite as obvious as when you go to shop for lingerie. (pause)
Yeah, I had to take a few deep breaths because shit is real.
So, I appreciate Rihanna so much for working to fill this neglected space with beautiful designs and shapes that celebrate all body types because I didn’t know how badly I needed that salve right then and there.
But then she had to go and introduce me to the work of Parris Goebel…
Y’all, if I could just spend one day a week in her studio to learn and celebrate all of the wonderful ways in which my body can move and celebrate life… you couldn’t tell me NOTHING! I would dance to and from the mailbox. Because in addition to there being so much work to be done in creating fashion for curvy girls, there’s also a narrative about the way big girls should move their bodies. Ms. Parris ain’t tryna hear that.
If you haven’t seen the show, give yourself the gift of rolling over to Amazon Originals and see what you’ve been missing. To read my original blog on the show Click HERE.
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