When Rihanna shows up on a red carpet, you can expect plenty of posts dissecting her dress, her shoes, her hair and her swagger.
What you don't expect, however, is someone smacking the label "plus-size" on the actress and singer.
In a blog post last week, writer Sandra Rose described the star as "Plus-Size Rihanna," and the reaction was immediate.
If yall think Rihanna is plus size, am I multiplication size tf— Neriah (@naraysau) July 22, 2017
Rihanna is literally the beauty standard lmao she's the furthest from plus size https://t.co/sKHs8EUa9b— Kandleesi 🐉 (@RADANDBOUGlE) July 21, 2017
The phrasing comes after months of articles talking about Rihanna's weight, including one in which a sports site asked, "Is Rihanna Going to Make Being Fat the Hot New Trend?" (The writer was subsequently fired and the article was taken down.)
Rihanna, for her part, had this to say in response:
Now let's get one thing straight: Rihanna is not plus-size. In fact, we were pretty sure Rose's piece was a joke at first — until she published a defense of it with assumptions about the star's weight and where she'd therefore fall on a sizing scale.
We get it. The sizing world is confusing, and if, for example, people like Karlie Kloss can be told they're both too fat and too thin by casting agents on the same day, it feels like there's no understanding of it to be had.
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But labelling someone like Rihanna, who might have weight fluctuations, but generally fits into designer clothes and other items sold in your average department store as "plus-size" skews perceptions about the label, and what it means for people who actually fall into it.
As social media star Nana Jibril put it on Twitter:
Listen folks: I, myself, am plus size. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being plus size at all. But Rihanna is not plus size.— NANA JIBRIL 🌙🏳️🌈 (@girlswithtoys) July 21, 2017
Calling Rihanna plus size takes away representation from people who are actually plus size and are lacking in representation.— NANA JIBRIL 🌙🏳️🌈 (@girlswithtoys) July 21, 2017
There are plenty of women out there who are plus-size who would love to have more people who looked like them on red carpets, showing off styles they can emulate and outfits they can covet. But until Rihanna starts specifically wearing clothes that are for their bodies (and in the U.S., that's defined as size 14 and up), how about we hold off on inaccurately categorizing them?
We know it's redundant, since you have eyes and all, but instead of worrying about the size, let's just sit back and relish the gorgeous gowns Rihanna has been wearing on this promotional tour for "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," and hope there's a lot more where that came from.
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