Ever since announcing her pregnancy in late January, sporting an unbuttoned Chanel pink quilted coat, Rihanna’s subsequent fashion moments have all revolved around baring her bourgeoning baby bump. Continuously stepping out in style alongside boyfriend and father-to-be A$AP Rocky, the multi-hyphenate superstar, beauty mogul and lingerie entrepreneur has strayed from traditional maternity-wear, keeping her unique style perspective intact, opting for looks from Coperni, Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Off-White among others.
In a new interview with Vogue, the Anti artist explained, “At first I expected some magical change, but really I remain who I am.”
Chatting about her jaw-dropping display at Dior’s Fall/Winter 2022 runway presentation at Paris Fashion Week, Rihanna told the publication that she and her stylist Jahleel Weaver decided to remove the dress’ lining, leaving her sultry Savage X Fenty lingerie in plain sight.
“To me that dress is actually the closest thing to maternity clothes that I’ve worn so far,” Rihanna said of the transparent frock. “And we hadn’t really done lady that whole time. So I was like, Let’s do lady!”
The “Umbrella” hitmaker added, “Listen, they were going to see my panties regardless. So they’d better be mine.”
From the start, Rihanna knew she wasn’t going to sacrifice her sartorial identity just because she was pregnant. “When I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself, there’s no way I’m going to go shopping in no maternity aisle. I’m sorry—it’s too much fun to get dressed up. I’m not going to let that part disappear because my body is changing.”
Creating her show-stopping looks alongside her right-hand man Weaver, the singer joked to the publication that she knows he “loses sleep” over the rapid changes in her measurements, which makes dressing the star a bit more challenging. “I’m sure he’s going to ask for a raise after this!” she joked.
Spearheading a new way to think about maternity wear, the Fenty Beauty mogul told Vogue, “I’m hoping that we were able to redefine what’s considered ‘decent’ for pregnant women,” she said. “My body is doing incredible things right now, and I’m not going to be ashamed of that. This time should feel celebratory. Because why should you be hiding your pregnancy?”