First, she used her hip-hop songs to win the youth’s hearts, then she brought Fenty Beauty to the world and set an example for other makeup giants, about how diversity is celebrated. Of course, we’re talking about Rihanna, the diva who never fails to impress. 2017 has surely been an epic year for her and her fans

Countless collaborations and collections, Fenty has just gotten started at sprinkling amazingness onto the world. But here is another reason to love her all the more; this woman is bold when it comes to giving her opinions. And by no means is she offensive. The Rude Boy singer was just suggested by a fan to add trans models to her campaigns and her response to this was thoughtful and deep.

She said, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women over the years, but I don’t go around doing trans castings!” She further said, “I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool!” Rihanna further expressed how unfair it is of big brands to do so. It truly is low to promote diversity (or rather, use it) for the sole purpose of making more bucks.

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@lbertootero/twitter

Twitter follower @lbertootero posted screenshots of his and Rihanna’s convo and captioned the post “When I thought she couldn’t teach me more…” Brazilian fan Alberto Otero exchanged words with the Fenty founder via DM on Twitter. The screengrabs have been confirmed by BBC to be genuine.

Where many fans including Alberto, have fully understood and appreciated RiRi’s point of view, there is another side of Twitter that doesn’t stand with the singer on this. Another tweeter, @sateenie wrote, “We respect Rihanna and agree that Trans bodies are used as an easy way to make brands appear “inclusive”. But at this point visibility is integral for trans ppl. More brands need to be hiring trans/gnc ppl and poc in GENERAL. Ps: hiring them means paying them.”

Both parties have a fair point. Visibility counts. It matters. It is essential to break set standards and make the world a more accepting place for everyone. Either way, we’re happy that Rihanna is a true supporter and hope that Fenty Beauty would continue portraying inclusivity.

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