Her Prerogative, Not Yours

Posted: October 8, 2011 by jerkmag in VICES -- sex, drugs & alcohol
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Pride is supposedly the worst of the seven deadly sins—but really, who cares about pride when lust and gluttony dominate our media everyday. Rihanna recently received a lot of heat about the teaser for her controversial ads for Armani Jeans that debuted Oct. 6.

In case no one realized, she’s changed her image quite a bit since the start of her career—her and almost EVERY other celebrity. Some think she may be overdoing the S&M and sex appeal thing. Personally, I’m indifferent. It’s her right to do what she wants. Yes, there is the flipside. You could argue that she is a role model, but I’m pretty sure we’ve heard this little song and dance enough times to beat our heads against the wall.

Celebrities are their own brand. They have to change their image to stay relevant. Relevancy is also the reason why they go for pretty much any kind of publicity sometimes—good or bad, as long as they’re being talked about, that’s all that matters. Case in point: Lady Gaga.

Going back to the original point at hand, come on people. Just because Rihanna’s doing something scandalous for a designer doesn’t mean that everyone has to jump on her. These kinds of things are done tastefully all the time. Check out this amazing video of a scantily clad Kate Compton done by fashion photographer Charles Lucima:

-Erin Elzo

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