Cyber-Bullying: Burn Your Idols

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The following is an excerpt from a piece originally featured on Lady Clever:

“I looked up Rihanna’s red carpet outfits for inspiration, and I loved all of them because her style is my style.”

Alexis Carter was a Baltimore high school student just looking for a unique prom outfit. Or, you know, unique enough. Inspired by a green jumpsuit sported by the singer back in 2010, Carter went through the trouble of getting the thing recreated in black, plunging neckline, bat-wing-esque detailing and all. And so, she had her prom, posted some pictures on social media, and had a perfectly fine evening.

Until the next morning, when Rihanna herself had gotten a hold of the photograph… 

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“Talking to Myself, Naturally” on Lady Clever

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “Talking to Myself, Naturally” as seen on Lady Clever:

I’ve been talking to myself a lot lately, probably because I’ve been quite sad over the last few months, and you can only burden your friends with the same old story so many times before they start ignoring your calls and opting to brunch with a more reliably chipper friend. My tolerance for myself, however, is, as one would imagine, remarkably higher. This habit, which I myself recognize as being slightly bizarre, can be blamed specifically on one thing: Living alone. If I had a roommate, I wouldn’t be crazy enough to show myself as the real lunatic I am. And if I had a boyfriend, I wouldn’t be experiencing these things that cause me to talk to myself in the first place. Is this what they call a Catch 22? I don’t know. Probably not. I don’t trust 50% of myself at the present moment.

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STRIP CLUBS AND DOLLAR BILLS (RIHANNA STILL GOT HER BALMAIN CAMPAIGN)

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The following is an excerpt on my coverage of Rihanna for Balmain, as seen on The Style Con:

Rihanna ups her campaign game, graduating from Armani Exchange to Balmain for their Spring/ Summer 2014 campaign. Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in what looks like a never-before-used ‘80s Russian bathhouse designed by Sol Lewitt, the two released images channel some major Gianni Versace circa Reagan-era decadence. Gold! Gold! Gold! More goddamn gold!

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Field Trip: “Did Rihanna Misappropriate White Culture?” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from “Did Rihanna Misappropriate White Culture?” featured on TheStyleCon.com:

For the 9.9 million people currently following Rihanna on Instagram, her latest video for the track “Pour it Up” really isn’t anything new. Since she created the account, her fans have been treated to a full-frontal and all-access pass of her life, complete with private jet slumber parties, post-coital Chris Brown confessions, massive blunts, and a lot a lot a lot of posing in bikinis with her ass facing gamely towards camera. If someone had a gun to my head, I could probably pick Rihanna’s butt cheeks out in a lineup of 100 people. The same could not be said of her vajay, until now. After watching “Pour It Up,” I suddenly feel intimately familiar with Rihanna’s Viganna.

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