Robyn Fenty, better known as pop icon Rihanna, has always been well known for her keen sense of fashion. Lately her risqué fashion choices have observers on the fence about if she is too sexy. Seemingly obsessed with showing her lady parts, she’s been seen in high profile places wearing clothing that are one step short of a nip slip.
Her controversial Crystal dresse she sported to the CFDA Awards was the topic of debate. Even 90’s R&B group TLC chimed in on the subject stating, “It’s cool if you don’t wanna wear clothes. Do what you want, we don’t care.” But they also wanted the next generation of girls to know they should not “have to feel forced” to get naked to be successful coming up in the business.
Rihanna nonchalantly responded via Twitter. She tweeted, “When there’s no changing the fact that I’m me, and they’re well… they’re them,” with a photo of herself sticking her tongue out. It was clear that the singer could care less about anyone’s opinion. Rihanna continued working her sexy appeal by releasing a new fragrance.
Throughout the years, Rihanna has been endorsing her own fragrances. This is a business venture that has done extremely well with millions of bottles sold. Her most recent fragrance “Rogue” seems to be getting the most attention. Paralux Fragrances released an advertisement for the product which features the star wearing nothing but high heels and underwear while her feet are propped against a life sized Rogue bottle. The photo falls in line with her music and expressive personality so it’s surprising that the photo is getting so much flack.
It is reported that one complaint about the photo being offensive to women and not suitable for children, changed the way this photo was launched. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) executed a placement restriction, keeping the ad clear of places where children might see.
It seems peculiar that one complaint would have the power to change an entire campaign, especially since Rihanna is known for her sex appeal and provocative antics. Her previous fragrance ads also feature the singer in sexually suggestive attire, with one of her releases even entitled “Nude”.
This behavior from the ASA makes us wonder where the “complaint” came from. Sometimes, it takes millions of complaints to change a system. But in this case it was just one single complaint. Regardless, we know that Rihanna will continue to do exactly what she does with sex appeal, raunch and style.