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Rihanna Slammed for ‘Cultural Appropriation’ for Morocco-Inspired Makeup

Rihanna Slammed for ‘Cultural Appropriation’ for Morocco-Inspired Makeup

Rabat – Despite great feedback 5-star reviews, Rihanna’s latest makeup palette, inspired by Morocco’s colors, has stirred controversy on social media over “cultural appropriation.”

Last week, pop singer Rihanna launched a makeup collection called “Moroccan spices,” inspired by the kingdom’s colors. The superstar composed her new creation with 16 warm hues, from matte to sparkling finishes.

The 30-year-old artist named the shades “Shisha Smoke,” “Desert baked,” and “Nuts n Dates.” According to some makeup fans, the names do not reflect Moroccan culture.

“‘Moroccan Spice’ by Fenty should have been called ‘Moroccan Spice on a Camel in a Harem under the Desert Night Mizmar playing in the background and Belly Dancers Abu’ instead,” wrote a dissatisfied commenter on Twitter.

On social media, people accused the “Diamonds” singer of orientalism and cultural appropriation. “She could have at least casted one person who was of Moroccan/Amazigh descent,” wrote one social media user, referring to the models chosen by the superstar, of whom none were Moroccan.

Furthermore, the palette is not available in the kingdom.

Moroccans pointed out other flaws. Rihanna’s desert-themed promotional video was criticized for “depicting Moroccan culture from an Orientalist lens, as it features two models posing next to a camel and Arab fusion music playing in the background,” according to American outlet Stepfeed.

Rihanna has not reacted to the backlash yet.

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