It’s hard to grasp that Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line has only been around for one year. Leaving beauty brands scrambling to hitch their wagon to the inclusion train Rih rode in on, the newly-born make-up empire has already left an indelible mark on the entire industry. Allure Magazine knows that facts are facts so they awarded the global style and music phenom with their inaugural “2018 Breakthrough Award” and they celebrate the year of Fenty Beauty with a cover shoot and open letters from people Rihanna has touched. We stan a mogul.
I met you during the Fenty Puma Season 2 show in Paris — it was my first time out of the country. I always thought your shit was made for me, and I wanted nothing more than to model for you, so hearing that I was cast in your show had me ecstatic. That you continued to use me was just surreal — business turned family real quick.
You introduced me to a more mainstream level of exposure. I was famous for all of the wrong reasons before. People loved the idea of Slick, but you gave me countless platforms to let people actually fall in love with who I am. You made inclusivity cool, and that’s revolutionary. Now people are putting money toward inclusion, rather than putting money toward a certain supremacy. It’s a beautiful switch in pace. You have my loyalty until the end of time. My gratitude for the growth, love, and support you’ve put in my life will never subside. You are a true angel and the most multifaceted, immortal boss I’ve ever met. I’m so thankful for you. But you knew dat.”
Fetch me my Fenty chaise longue so I can sob grateful tears and Invisimatte my face in glamorous comfort. You can read more of the open letters here.
Allure’s October 2018 issue is available on newsstands now.
Photographer: Nadine Ijewere
Stylist: Jahleel Weaver
Hair: Yusef Williams
Makeup: Priscilla Ono
Manicure: Maria Salandra