Rihanna praised for displaying curvy mannequins with 'love handles', 'stomach pouch' at her luxury brand store
Rihanna is getting a lot of praise after unveiling a curvy mannequin with realistic 'love handles' and a 'stomach pouch' at the New York pop-up store for her luxury fashion brand Fenty.
Fans and followers praised the 31-year-old singer for catering to women of all sizes.
The pop-up store is located at The Webster in New York and will be open until June 30. The store showcases Riri's stunning dresses and form-fitting knit separates that are displayed on mannequins of varying shapes and sizes—a rarity in the fashion industry.
Fenty also shared pictures of their clothes online on Tuesday and many noticed how the curvier models were all mixed in with the skinnier ones.
A fan took to Twitter to share, "This is the first time I've seen a mannequin with hip dips and a tummy. This is the first time I've seen a mannequin that has a body type similar to mine and I am FEELING THINGS."
Another fan added, "Yo I am so here for this mannequin. The subtlety of the representation and the grace of those juxtaposed colors. Bruv."
Many others said they were ecstatic to see that a store mannequin had the same body they did.
One person shared, "I don't think I've ever seen a mannequin before that looks more like my shape than the standard skinny-minny mannequins. Thank you for making my day." Another fan echoed, "'I've never seen a mannequin with my body before, pouch, dips, all the glory! Thanks."
Rihanna's high fashion brand's inclusivity comes a few weeks after Nike unveiled plus-size mannequins at its London flagship store.
While the 'Rude Boy' singer received nothing but praise, the sports brand Nike was not so fortunate.
In response to the new mannequin, journalist Tanya Gold wrote a feature in The Telegraph on Sunday highlighting how the plus-size mannequin could encourage people to be fat. "I fear that the war on obesity is lost, or has even, as is fashionable, ceased to exist, for fear of upsetting people into an early grave. [T]he new Nike mannequin is not size 12, which is healthy, or even 16—a hefty weight, yes, but not one to kill a woman. She is immense, gargantuan, vast. She heaves with fat," Gold wrote.
"The new mannequin is obese, and she is not readying herself for a run in her shiny Nike gear. She cannot run. She is, more likely, pre-diabetic and on her way to a hip replacement. What terrible cynicism is this on the part of #Nike?" she continued.