Ever since she made her pregnancy announcement with her partner A$AP Rocky, Rihanna has been a rule-breaker in the world of fashion. Rihanna has consciously chosen to continue dressing in her signature eclectic, adventurous and overtly sexual way with one jaw-dropping style maneuver after another.
A$AP Rocky stepping out with Rihanna on Jan 31.
With an awe-inspiring act of defiance, Rihanna transitioned from wearing ‘all sweetness and light’ to a far more risqué fashion proposition, and with the aid of her fashion stylist Jahleel Weaver, she has made sure to demonstrate that she would not sacrifice her style but elevate it so other moms-to-be also take risks and embrace their ever-changing bodies.
Rihanna attends the Dior Womenswear Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 01, 2022 in Paris, France.
Rihanna’s recent cover and ensuing feature for US Vogue magazine’s May 2022 issue stands testament to how groundbreaking this sartorial approach is.
Vogue May 2022 Cover Story: Rihanna
Speaking on her pregnancy, the 34-year-old superstar told Vogue: “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,” Rihanna said. “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,” she continued.
“I’m hoping that we were able to redefine what’s considered ‘decent’ for pregnant women,” Rihanna 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?”
While pregnancy is embraced by most women as a beautiful experience, some others find it difficult to remain themselves because they are pressured by the society to look, and by extension to behave, in a certain way that stresses what “motherhood” should look like.
Rihanna has shown that pregnancy shouldn’t be a limitation, but an addition to personal style. Her sartorial choices is an example of how to stay true to yourself and not conform to preconceived notions of maternity wear should be.