With the success of Women’s March efforts across the nation, Saturday may go down as the largest day of demonstrations in American history, with at least 3.3 million in attendance. In a peaceful protest for gender rights and equality, musicians like Madonna, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna showed unwavering support in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
But for fashion icon Rihanna, her solidarity with fellow badass women fighting for gender equality doesn’t end here — she has always challenged society’s notions of female sexuality and power in her style. Here are five times RiRi has boldly expressed her feminism through fashion.
Women’s March NYC
Rihanna protested in front of the Trump Tower at the New York City Women’s March popping in pink. She wore a baby pink LAPP “This Pussy Grabs Back” sweatshirt courtesy of the brand’s founding designer and model Leomie Anderson, a Hellz Bellz Middle Finger cap, and a pink Molly Goddard tulle minidress from her AW16 Collection.
Dior Feminist T-Shirt
Following the NYC Women’s March, Rihanna posted a photo to Instagram wearing a Dior “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt beneath a pinstriped blazer and a pair of classic Timberlands.
Hillary Clinton T-Shirt
Though unable to vote in the U.S. presidential election herself, Rihanna showed her support for Hillary Clinton on the day of the last presidential debate (Oct. 19) with a limited-edition Trapvilla T-shirt featuring a young Clinton in a New York Yankees hat. The singer paired the oversize tee with denim shorts and dark brown Timberlands.
While out in Manchester on her 2013 Diamonds world tour, Rihanna wore blue Rag & Bone moto pants and a black “Slutz” crop top by New York-based feminist streetwear brand MadeMe. The shirt is a twist on the classic potato chip brand Utz, creating a tongue-in-cheek commentary on promiscuity and labels. Like Amber Rose’s 2015 VMAs statement jumpsuit, it’s a reclamation of oppressive and derogatory language.
Fresh off the public speculation of her relationship status with Chris Brown in 2013, Rihanna rocked an oversize white T-shirt with an image of a woman touching herself and the letters “D.I.Y.” in bright red. The statement tee, made by men’s clothing brand Another Enemy, caused controversy for some media outlets as they grappled with such a brazen depiction of female sexuality and pleasure.