Rihanna found herself plastered across the news for her incredibly revealing frock worn at the Fashion Icon Awards in New York earlier this month.
Her completely see-through ensemble, adorned with well over 200,000 Swarovski crystals, turned heads on the red carpet and turned stomachs of the conservative movements. On the heels of this new nude streak, Rihanna is now taking more heat for her new, risque ads promoting her new line of perfume, Rogue.
The ad has been greatly restricted in the UK for being too provocative. A statement released by the Advertising Standards Authority includes this statement:
…the fact that Rihanna appeared to be naked except for high heels, we concluded that the ad was sexually suggestive and should have been given a placement restriction to reduce the possibility of it being seen by children.
While the ad has not been outlawed outright, its placement has been severely curtailed. Some in the advertising community object but for the most part the decision has been praised.
Radhika Sanghani of London’s Telegraph agrees with the decision. She argues that not only is Rihanna’s fragrance ad overtly sexual it is “unattainably sexual”. Between Rihanna’s typically flawless physique, her nearly X-rated pose and the inevitable Photoshop job, the singer and, recently, apparent nudist advocate is presenting an image to young girls that likely does not revolve around a healthy body image.
This is not Rihanna’s first trip around the nude camp this year. In March she posed for French magazine, Lui and even graced its cover sporting a luscious set of braids, a few brilliant bits of body art and not much else. She initially posted a few sneak peaks on Instagram but the images were removed for violation of guidelines by the image-centric social media hub. Rihanna also appeared topless in the May issue of Vogue Brazil.
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