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Bare to be Different

Is nudity fashion?

What’s a world without sin?  What’s Chicago, the windy city, without wind and what’s a red carpet without… well skin?  Now days, exposing ones skin has become the norm.  We’ve all seen how far some fashion trends have gone to stretch the lines of nudity like Miley Cyrus’ skin toned two-piece she wore during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.  If there’s any place to push the boundaries of fashion, it’s Hollywood.

I’m familiar with the phrase “dare to be different” but is it fair to call it fashion if a garment leaves little to nothing to the imagination? When has baring too much skin been considered fashionable?

The latest fashion scandal comes from the very controversial “Good Girl Gone Bad” artist, Rihanna.  The sheer gown she debuted at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Awards held last week in New York City, had social media in a frenzy.  While many fans and fashion experts adorned her audacious fashion statement, others detested the transparent garment made up of over 200,000 Swarovski crystals.

The “Fresh Off the Runway” singer proved that she’s not scared to bare to be different.  The form fitted gown not only hugged her skin like a glove, it exposed her …well almost everything. Twitter user @tsmithers__ tweeted “Rihanna is gorgeous, but she looked absolutely trashy in that dress. And don’t tweet me your opinion because you know I don’t care,” about the singers attire according to the Ibtimes.com.

@JussNanette tweeted “Rihanna is now forcing this everyday show nipple thing now. That dress was waaaaay too much” in reference to her many breast-baring appearances.  She was recently topless on the cover of French magazine Lui which got her Instagram account temporarily suspended.

Rihanna on the cover of Lui. Kobini.com

Rihanna on the cover of Lui. Kobini.com

A few fans applauded her bold attempt.  @AmiraSaid tweeted “@Rihanna It must feel incredible going from a tomboy-ish cadet young girl to a fashion icon, all by the age of 26. SLAY GIRL, SLAY.”

In recent news, one of the world’s greatest girl groups TLC displayed some concerns about artist who “bare” too much.  They stated in an interview on the overseas television show Sunrise Australia, “Every time we see you, you don’t have to be naked.”  They later stated that they “…sold and became the biggest girl-selling group of all-time with our clothes on…”.

Rihanna responded by changing her Twitter header to a topless picture of the girl group holding their unclothed breasts seen below.


The group has yet to respond to the sneaky shade displayed by Rihanna.

No matter how fashionable or successful you are, risks always come at a cost.  In the case of Rihanna her risks got her a Fashion Icon Award.  Temporarily losing her Instagram account was one minor loss that I assure didn’t cause any permanent damage to the singer’s career.  “You’ll never be stylish if you don’t take risks” she projected on the red carpet at the event.

Although, the controversial artist has sometimes stretched the fashion envelope too far in cases drawing a thin line between stylish and pornography, what better way to accept the highest fashion award of the night then by going all the way.

So, when has baring too much become fashionable?  Whenever Rihanna decides.  Besides, I get the feeling this wont be the last time we see this type of risqué fashion from Riri.

What do you think about Rihanna’s ensemble?

Rihanna in her see-through dress. kdramastars.com

Rihanna in her see-through dress.



TLC has professed that their remarks were not directed towards the “Rude boy” singer.  More information on the latest “miscommunication” between the artist can be found here.



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