Rihanna’s Fenty lingerie show praised for diversity

When Rihanna launched her Savage X Fenty lingerie line earlier this year it was praised for its “inclusivity”. It’s now debuted at New York Fashion Week with a diverse range of models.

Her runway show featured women of a variety of races and body sizes, two of whom were visibly pregnant.

The singer hopes her collection will encourage “confidence and strength”.

Models who weren’t even part of the show celebrated the singer for breaking the fashion rules.

“Other designers need to take notes,”

tweeted model Justine Biticon.

“She created a lingerie line for all shapes, colours and sizes and put women of all shapes, colours and sizes on the runway.

Beauty queen and model Flaviana Matata also agreed, tweeting:

“Rihanna is the Queen of diversity and inclusion.”

Here are just some of the famous faces who were on the runway.

Bella and Gigi Hadid

Bella Hadid, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid pictured at New York Fashion Week
Sisters Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid took part in the Savage X Fenty lingerie show. Image copyright: Getty Images.

The sisters showed off an array of lingerie on Wednesday night’s runway, which was also the closing show for New York Fashion Week.

Both Bella and Gigi shared the same catwalk earlier in the week at Prabal Gurung’s presentation alongside their younger brother, Anwar Hadid.

Slick Woods

Model Slick Woods backstage at New York Fashion Week
Expecting model Slick Woods took part showing off her baby bump. Image copyright: Getty Images.

Slick graced the catwalk despite being heavily pregnant. The 22-year-old model revealed that she was seven months gone in July.

Slick wasn’t alone…

A visibly pregnant model dancing in the Savage X Fenty fashion show
Two visibly pregnant models took part in the catwalk presentation. Image copyright: YouTube

Slick wasn’t the only pregnant model to strut her stuff on Rihanna’s runway.

Another expectant model danced with others to a choreographed routine wearing a mesh teddy with a halter back and plunging V-neck neckline.

Paloma Elsesser

Paloma Elsesser at the Savage X Fenty fashion show

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionPaloma Elsesser was one of the many plus-sized models to take part in the show

Model Paloma Elsesser also made an appearance.

She was just one of the many plus-sized models featured in the show. In the past she’s told Vogue magazine: “I think to radically change the industry we must address sample sizing.”

Duckie Thot

Australian Model Duckie Thot at the Savage X Fenty show
Australian Model Duckie Thot strutted the catwalk. Image copyright: Getty Images

Well-known for being one of the faces of Fenty Beauty, Duckie walked confidently in a transparent matching set.

The Australian model will also take part in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show later this year.

Rihanna walking the runway during the finale of the Savage X Fenty fashion show
Rihanna has been praised for “embracing diversity and body positivity” Image Copyright: Getty Images

Rihanna’s spoken about the need for different sizes to be celebrated.

In June, she told Vogue: “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”


First Published 13.09.18: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-45508232

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