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Rihanna Wants To Redefine What It Means To Be Pregnant With Her Maternity Style

The slayage is real.

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Since revealing her baby bump in the most stylish way a few weeks ago, Rihanna has continued to give us fashion moments that have taken the internet by storm and this past weekend was no different. Ri Ri attended two different red carpet events, the first being the celebration of her Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin line and the second being the Savage X Fenty store opening in Los Angeles.


The 33-year-old singer had her baby bump semi-exposed during the Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin party while wearing a sexy green shredded halter top and silver and purple shredded pants that exposed her backside.

However, when she popped out at the Savage X Fenty event, she was fully covered wearing an all-red custom Alaia dress. Her beau A$AP Rocky was by her side at both outings looking fly as well. At her Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin party, Rihanna spoke with Entertainment Tonight about her maternity fashions.

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“I’m trying to enjoy it [pregnancy] as much as I could and fashion is one of my favorite things so redefining what it means to even be pregnant and maternal,” she said. “It can get uncomfortable at times, so you can dress the part and pretend.”

Speaking to Access, she called fitting clothes with her pregnant belly a “challenge,” but something she enjoys. She also touched on the inspiration behind her pregnancy reveal photos.

“I just wanted to wear something like I wasn’t pregnant. What I would wear and enjoy wearing. It was fun to be able to wear it in this way, kinda, all flasharoo,” she said. “It was good. It was cold as hell that day, but we got it done.”

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On Jan. 31, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky broke the internet when photos surfaced of the couple walking around New York with the singer’s baby bump exposed. Rihanna wore a vintage Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld pink long puffer coat that buttoned right to her belly and extra-long ripped blue jeans and heels. She accessorized the look with layered necklaces and a chain belt.

As of yet, the singer hasn’t revealed how far along she is in the pregnancy or the sex of the child. However, she did open up about the moment she found out she was pregnant.

"When I first found out, it's not real, you know? I was like, 'This is not for real, right?'" she toldE! News. "And then, it was and it's almost like you don't want to get too excited too soon because it's great news, but you...want to see that it's going to see its way through. And I'm so glad that we're this far along and now I can celebrate with everyone."

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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