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Rihanna Is The Face Of 'British Vogue' September Issue

Rihanna is heading into the quarter four with yet another lead on her competition

Rihanna is heading into quarter four with yet another lead on her competition. The 30-year-old influencer was announced as British Vogue's cover star for the magazine's September issue. The "Diamonds" singer will kick-off 400 pages of fashion spreads, features and more in the publication's "Big Fashion Issue" once it hits stores next month (Aug. 3).

This occasion also marks the magazine's editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful's first September production since he was hired in 2017. The fashion game-changer said he "always knew it had to be Rihanna" to grace this coveted issue. "A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her," Enninful wrote. "No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose her in the imagery."

The cover announcement arrives weeks after Rihanna's name was attached to headlines of a reggae album. In a previous cover story for Vogue, journalist Chioma Nnadi said the "Man Down" singer was working with famed producer Supa Dups (Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, Collie Buddz). In a more recent Rolling Stone feature, a source said Rihanna has 500 songs that she has to sift through with her team before becoming acquainted with 10 solid tracks.

"They've been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now," the source said. "I've been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project."

Check out Rihanna's British Vogue cover photos below.

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Dapper Dan Defends Decision To Meet With Gucci

Gucci's latest initiatives to eliminate their cultural ignorance were helped brought together by Dapper Dan, a decision that has left the designer at throws of critics who aren't thrilled about the Harlem legend working with the luxury brand.

On Saturday (Feb. 16) Dan, born Daniel Day, explained why he met with Gucci's President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and what it could mean for the future of young black designers.

"We have to learn to earn," he said in a statement on Instagram. "What happened to all the Black fashion brands that failed since the '80s? Was it because they didn't get Black support, or was it because they didn't know the business? Do you expect our young Black designers to spend 30+ years mastering fashion by teaching themselves as I did? How do you expect them to compete with big brands if they don't really know the business? They need jobs and internships within these big brands so that they can learn and they branch out on their own."

 

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Dan's history with Gucci has always been a complex one. Known for his custom designs for street legends like Alpo Martinez and rappers like Jay-Z, Eric B. and Rakim and Cam'ron, Dan is credited with bringing luxury to hip-hop culture. It took over two decades for Gucci and other brands to acknowledge his influence. In 2017, Dan partnered with the brand for a new menswear line and Harlem saw The Dapper Dan Atelier Studio as the first luxury house fashion store in 2018.

But it wasn't until figures like 50 Cent slammed the designer over his business ties with the brand which seemed like a victory just last year to the public. In his statement to his critics, Dan explained why the meeting was bigger than his brand and how Gucci's new initiative will benefit aspiring designers.

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"Many young people think a t-shirt design with a logo is a fashion business when in reality the business of fashion is so much broader and more complex than that," he added. "I studied my a** off to master this business. Live your dream. Don't let other people's feelings stop you. Take advantage of the chance to learn. All you haters get out the way for young people. Embrace change. For those that want to continue to hate Gucci and boycott, you are entitled to do as you please. But if anyone should be boycotted it's the brands that won't give our young people an opportunity to learn."

Gucci's four new initiatives include hiring global and regional directors for diversity and inclusion, setting up a multicultural design scholarship program, the launch of a diversity and inclusivity awareness program and launching a global exchange program.

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Soulja Boy To Remove Gucci Face Tattoo Amid Blackface Controversy

Gucci is still facing backlash after the fashion brand debuted a women's shirt that appeared to resemble blackface imagery. And now it's heavily affecting their credibility in the hip-hop community. In response to the recent scandal, Soulja Boy announced that he in the process of  removing his forehead tattoo which contains the Gucci logo on it.

"I Love Gucci, man. I got a Gucci tattoo in the middle of my forehead," Soulja Boy told TMZ while walking down the street in Los Angeles. When asked if he was going to get his face tattoo remove, the rapper replied:, "I've already started the process. I've got to go back two more times. I've already been three times."

Soulja also noted that he plans to give away the Gucci merch that he has collected over the years. "I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, over the last two years on the brand so it's like I feel so disrespected by them," he added.

The "Pretty Boy Swag' rapper isn't the only black artist to denounce Gucci however. T.I. and Spike Lee have both protested the label and have vowed to boycott the brand until further notice. Dapper Dan, who has commonly used the brand's logo in his designs, also released a statement saying that he would be sitting down with the brand to have a serious discussion about moving forward.

Check out Soulja Boy's full comments in the video below.

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Spike Lee Is Boycotting Gucci And Prada Until They Hire Black Designers

Spike Lee has had enough with fashion brands and politicians using blackface. The Academy Award nominee announced on Friday (Feb. 8) that he will be boycotting Gucci and Prada fashion brands until they decide to hire black designers.

"I, Spike Lee Of Sound Mind And Body Will No Longer Wear Prada Or Gucci Until They Hire Some Black Designers To Be In Da Room When It Happens," Lee wrote in a post on Instagram. "It's Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don't Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP. Ya-Dig? Sho-Nuff. And Dat's Da 'Coonery And Buffoonery' Truth,Ruth."

Spike's comments come shortly after Gucci received backlash for debuting a turtleneck that appeared to mimic blackface. The all-black shirt allowed customers to pull the elongated neck up to their face, exposing a red hole for the mouth. The brand later apologized for the misstep, stating that it considers "diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make."

Prada also landed at the center of controversy in Dec. 2018, after it attempted to sell keychains that resembled blackface imagery. The brand pulled the offensive keychain shortly after.

Check out Spike Lee's full statement below.

 

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I,Spike Lee Of Sound Mind And Body Will No Longer Wear Prada Or Gucci Until They Hire Some Black Designers " To Be In Da Room When It Happens". It's Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don't Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP. Ya-Dig? Sho-Nuff. And Dat's Da "Coonery And Buffoonery” Truth,Ruth.

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