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Rihanna Goes Punk Rock for Paper Magazine

Having the correct outfit is Rockstar 101. You gotta dress for success, and Rihanna is going punk, again. This time it’s for a Paper Magazine shoot with Sebastian Faena. She’s gone SLC Punk with some giant dangerous liberty spikes. I imagine it took whole gallons of gel and copious amounts Aqua Net to make that happen.

It’s not the first time Rihanna blended dingy rock signifiers with styles from the hood (and it probably won’t be the last either). But lest we forget, RiRi caught a lot of heat when back in 2013 when she first hopped on the ghetto goth movement. After Rih used the #GhettoGoth hashtag a months-long feud popped off during which Venus X had some terse words for the Bajan BadGyal’s appropriation of the look. Venus’s GHE20G0TH1K parties had been keeping the New York underground lit for a few years already, and it definitely looked like an industry spy had swooped in and jacked the swag. Venus truly went in on her, although she eventually tempered her language, acknowledging some need for solidarity with another woman of color. But she was most definitely not happy.

Clearly that did not slow Rihanna down. And here we again find her rocking a similar style. It’s cool though, it really is just a shame GHE20G0TH1K didn’t benefit more from it. You could actually support them tonight, they’re throwing a party with Wiki as special guest. It’s lit!

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