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EmRata, Gigi, Gottmik and Symone Will Star in Rihanna’s Next Savage X Fenty Show


 

This post originally appeared on British Vogue.

Welcome to the latest installment of We Are Not Worthy Of Rihanna. The world’s best bad gal has announced details of her Savage X Fenty Volume 3 show with a typically jaw-dropping Insta clip and a prompt to start inviting people to the viewing parties we should all apparently be having. 

Dropping on Amazon Prime Video on 24 September, the groundbreaking lingerie spectacle promises to be as high-octane as the last. Nas, Ricky Martin (!) and Normani are among the performers, while a host of fabulous drag queens, including Gottmik and Symone, will join Precious Lee, Soo Joo Park, Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Emily Ratajkowski on the runway. 

Rihanna, dripping in black lace and heavy jewellery, makes a brief appearance in the new clip, while the initial teaser showing her smouldering in a metallic blue  “whale tail” mini dress showed once again that she never does things by halves. (Remember when she chopped her hair into a painstakingly cool mullet for the Volume 2 promo footage? Again, we are not worthy.)

The Savage X Fenty shows are a highlight of the fashion week calendar, and not because Rihanna dials up the glamour and gets the party started (even if via Prime nowadays). The underwear arm of her Fenty empire has shifted society’s perceptions of what “sexy” is, thanks to a wholly inclusive brand ethos, product proposition and casting process. Rih and her diverse cohort of savages – including the fierce choreographer Parris Goebel, model veterans, musicians, pop culture phenomenons, and industry newcomers – flip the script on what a fashion show can look like, by raising one another up and having an unapologetically sassy time in the process. The multi-layered performance pieces, which Rihanna herself calls a “fashion musical”, have become a barometer for true body positivity, and while the industry is making strides to catch up, Rihanna keeps on blazing a trail to electrifying effect. Do not miss the show on 24 September.

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