Rihanna in Jean Paul Gaultier at the 2013 American Music Awards

Posted on November 25, 2013

Here’s how you can tell we’re gay. We just spent the last several minutes peering hard at these pictures and when we finally spoke, we said, “What’s up with her hair?”

Please note: this is not the only way you can tell we’re gay.


Rihanna attends the 2013 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2013 Couture Collection/Model: Querelle Jansen (NATHALIE


There really is a Cher moment going on in the red carpet world. As gays, we feel we must support it. We think the bra’s kind of an odd shape, but we honestly love the skirt – for this lady and at this venue, of course. It’s not something you wear to the Oscars.

Kinda wish she’d worn the sheer top over it; not for prudish reasons, but because it added some balance and visual interest to the top half. All we can think – aside from “What’s up with her hair?” of course – is that she looks like she’s chilly.

Also: Girl, you’ve got makeup artists. They should’ve concealed those tan lines. We realize we’re past the point where “tacky” can be used as a criticism, but even so. It brings the look down.





[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com, style.com]

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  • Crack fuckery from the waist up.

    • Alfred Cox

      Its Rihanna. What do you expect? The top is just strange (even for her) and that hair is horrendous. She needs to slap her gays for that snafu, pronto. Otherwise, this look is gorgeous.

      • ConnieBV

        My friend in HS used to pin her hair like this at night and sleep in a scarf to keep her blowout intact. It seems like at some point RiRi was really high and said “F*ck it. Put some in the top like spokes on a wheel, I’m going to rock this shit.”

        • Kristin McNamara

          Was there a bobby pin quota that all lady stars were required to meet for this red carpet or something? Seriously, what gives?

      • What do I expect from Rhi? Sexy. Daring. Street. This is none of those. That top is one of the most unflattering things I have seen in a long time.

        • tereliz

          It’s pretty street. As in, she just walked down the street to buy a lotto ticket.

          Seriously, who leaves their house for more than half an hour with their head looking like this? No one who knows they’re getting their picture taken at a MAJOR AWARDs show.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            Unless the Major Award is a leg lamp. 🙂

          • tereliz

            The skirt kind of resembles that, doesn’t it? I guess she wanted to dress like a MAJOR AWARD on the night she was receiving a MAJOR AWARD. 😉

  • I think maybe the tan lines were deliberate. Adds an air of 70’s sleaze to the look.

    • JDreesen

      maybe those aren’t her real tan lines. maybe they’re just…illusion tan lines. i can easily see that being the next red carpet micro-trend.

      • marlie

        At which point my head will explode.

        • frannyprof

          Ditto. Tan lines, like VPLs and sideboob, will never be okay on the RC.

      • calimon

        Tan lines on the red carpet are so rebellious. *eyes rolling*

    • I was thinking “And you can tell I’m straight because the tan lines are all I see”

    • Rebecca Clifford

      You may have a point, because they were so obvious and I was thinking there was no way they couldn’t see them. There was something very deliberate about this. Still, didn’t work. Sleazy is as sleazy does.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Hell, I’m a bi girl who generally thinks RiRi is hot and even I can only focus on the hair.

    • Kristin McNamara

      It’s mostly because it ate an inch of her forehead. Homegirl looks like a totally different person like this…

    • Carla_Charlton

      It’s a comb-over. Did she have a chat with Donald Trump before she had her hair done?

    • Is she going for a flapper thing? Is she wearing a headband? What the hell is on her head? I haz a confused.

      • nycloy

        It’s called a wrap. Used to advance the straightening process – like rollers. Not to be worn in public.

  • boweryboy

    Nuh uh. It just barely works on the model.
    I think the bustier could work with a pair of skinny jeans. It wouldn’t be venue appropriate, but it would be head-and-shoulders above that wonky skirt (which, by the way, makes her ass look HUGE).

  • E2_Remote

    Holy distracting tan lines, Batman, that’s some terrible hair!

    • quiltwombat

      I would hazard to say it’s a wig. Check out the weird part, and the tufts sticking out the back. Definitely a wig. Which begs the question “Why?”

      • MilaXX

        Nah, check up thread. It’s a doobie wrap. It’s how brown/black gals set their hair to maintain a straight look. Typically not worn out in public. The tufts at the back is just the hairline. It’s kin to walking out with giant beer can rollers.

        • oyeyemi808

          Wrong, it is not used to maintain the hairs’s straight look. relaxers & perms do that.

          • MilaXX

            It’s both. Notice that’s why said “after the straightening process.”

          • I’m hearing she’s getting pushback because the doobie’s not supposed to be worn in public (as you said) – typically under a scarf. People calling it “doobiegate”.

          • MilaXX

            I think it’s because she exposed something more popularly known to brown/black culture. I’ll worry when I see another celeb attempt to wear it on the RC.

  • Latin Buddy

    I had a really interesting discussion with my friends last night. My friend said “Only black girls like me will get what she was going with that hair.” Didn’t know how to respond to that.

    • sojourneryouth

      Actually, I get what your friend is saying, and it’s hard to explain if you don’t have that cultural frame of reference. While I don’t like what she did with her hair, I do understand it.

      • marlie

        But it’s not a look you ever wear out in public. At least, no one I know would ever wear their hair in public like this.

        • sojourneryouth

          Exactly, and that’s why I don’t like it. BUT, I do think it’s a little witty, and had it been done with more elegance, it could have been interesting.

          • Zaftiguana

            Oh, interesting, I was thinking it needed more all-out camp to work, but maybe more elegance would have worked, too. Like the doobie wrap’s upscale city cousin, lol.

          • sojourneryouth

            Oops, double post and can’t erase!

          • MilaXX

            Now *that* I would have gotten. This is just a half Shanaynay. She’s still glam from the neck down.

          • Sarah

            HA! Half Shanaynay is awesome. I want to use it in real life SO BAD.

          • sojourneryouth

            Actually, I think you are right, too. It has to go to either extreme, or it doesn’t really work. She needs Eleganza OR Shanaynay, and nothing in between.

          • Zaftiguana

            ExACTly. Anything but being so literal.

        • lrhg

          Yup, I wast stuck waiting in a Dr. office for over an hour this morning with the Wendy Williams’ show cranked up in the corner. Wendy was all but yelling at her TO TAKE THE BOBBY PINS OUT OF HER HAIR. First time I ever remember agreeing with Wendy.

      • Sobaika

        I have to say, I thought her hair was great – in a ‘this is kind of hilarious and no one will know what she is going for’ kind of way, not in that it actually looks great.

    • marlie

      Did you get what RiRI was going for? I also hope you friend explained it to you.

      • … and now please share it with the class, because I do not get it.

        • marlie

          I think that it was just that she was trying to be ironic or funny. That’s what *I* got from it. Kind of like wearing your bra on the outside of your clothes (or a bra *AS* clothes)… trying to make the things that are suppose to be behind the scenes and not visible, visible.

          • Latin Buddy

            Yep. My friend directed me to the Buzzfeed article. She was talking about a “Doobie Wrap”

        • Sobaika

          Imagine if someone showed up with their hair in rollers. That’s the sort of reference.

          • sojourneryouth

            Pretty much!

        • ConnieBV

          I posted about this above, but after you get your hair done, you wrap your hair around your head and pin it for when you go to sleep, so it keeps the everything fresh and your hair mostly straight (if you wrap it right). Then you tie a scarf over it so the pillowcase doesn’t rip out your hair. This is bedtime hair, not going out hair.

          • @sekushinonyanko:disqus also explained it to me. I have to say, if the alternative is going out in your curlers, this looks better than that, but still, this is a girl combover and not OK for going out in!

          • marlie

            Yeah, for those of us who do our hair like this practically every night, it’s unheard of to go “out” with it like this.

        • marlie

          Sorry.. I assumed you knew what wrapping was in the first place. 😛

          • Nope – I know absolutely nothing about black hair, I’m afraid. I love this site; I learn so many new things!

          • I also think this knowledge should be wider known. I have heaps of white and Asian friends who’ve had their hair permanently straightened, and then ruined it by sleeping on it funny. If they’d known about the wrap their hair would’ve been saved! But when I grew up in Sydney the Afro-Caribbean population was very small, so I guess we didn’t have that influence.

          • marlie

            Yep, the wrap saves the blowout, and keeps it for at least a couple of days or more. I’ll also do it if I get my hair done in a curly style, and the next day the curls are more wavy (the way to preserve curls is a little more time intensive, and I’m lazy).

    • Zaftiguana

      I get it, it just wasn’t done well. I actually think the base idea is a good one, but it needed to be done with a bit more kitsch flair and/or paired with the right look and accessories.

    • boweryboy

      Hell. I’m black, gay, have five older sisters, and a metric fuckton of nieces, and even I don’t know what she was going for with that her.

      • ana170

        Another black person here that doesn’t have a clue what she was trying to do.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I just love, love, love the idea of a metric fuckton of nieces! I wish. We only have boys in the immediate family.

        Thank you for that image in my mind. 🙂

        • marlie

          Come to my house. My whole generation is girls (though so far, the next generation is all boys).

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            I would love to come over and see girls. 🙂 Sigh. Maybe I’ll get a granddaughter in another ten years or so.

        • boweryboy

          It’s so true. All of my sister’s children, except for one, are girls. For the longest time me, my dad, and my nephew were the only guys in the immediate family.

          And when my nieces started having children all of them had girls, except for one niece who had three boys.

        • I have a metric fuckton of nieces too – 7 of them. 3 of them I can’t actually tell apart.

      • Latin Buddy

        So my friend directed me to the Buzzfeed article. She was talking about a “Doobie Wrap”

    • sekushinonyanko

      The deal with the hair is that one way to keep your hair smooth while you’re sleeping after you’ve gotten it straightened is to wrap it up like that and put a scarf on it before bed. You can also wrap your hair like that and get under the dryer and set it to get it smooth with some curve to it. It’s a way of setting hair, not an actual hair style.

      • Now that makes sense. Thank you!

      • ana170

        This I have heard of (and attempted) but I’ve never seen anyone leave the house like this so I still don’t get what she was thinking.

    • nycloy

      It’s called a wrap. Used to advance the straightening process.

  • sojourneryouth

    The sheer top would have been lovely on her. She looks good in that type of neckline, as well. I am not anti-ink, but her tattoos are horrendous. I will never be able to look at black tattoos (especially those with writing, and especially ESPECIALLY those with cursive writing) and not think “prison ink.”

  • Evan

    Tan lines aside, she has the most radiant skin.

  • Zaftiguana

    You can really tell that she doesn’t feel like she looks good, and that’s key here.

    I’m all for bringing the Bob Mackie crackfuckery to the red carpet, but you need to work it like you own in. I might assume that some stars were just feeling uncomfortable with the level of exposure, but not Rihanna. I just think she knows this isn’t really working for her and that, from the top of the bodice up, she’s a mess. The tan lines aren’t cute even in an intentionally tacky way, and are those giant, black bobby pins? Really?

  • lbl

    I judge anyone who wears their hair wrapped in public. Anyone.

    • marlie

      Yes, a thousand times.

  • Lanus

    It looks like she bought that wig at Spirit Halloween’s clearance sale.

    • quiltwombat


  • shirab

    Bustier looks like Minnie Mouse ears. And I’m distracted by what looks to be a Native American woman, maybe?, living in her cleavage.

    • kimmeister

      In the first shot, I initially thought it was a skyscraper or church spire, but then I realized it was some sort of person as I scrolled down.

    • sekushinonyanko

      It’s some kind of egyptian god or something; it has eagle wings that take over her ribcage. She said she got that as a tribute to her grandmother..

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      It is the Egyptian goddess Isis “living in her cleavage.” Which is another wonderful image. You guys are on fire today….I have got to go get my sketchpad and make notes!

  • marlie

    She wrapped her hair last night and forgot to take the bobby pins out? For real, if things like visible bobby pins and regular old fabric hair elastics become a “thing” on the red carpet, I’m going to punch someone.

    ETA: Someone wore her hair like that to a wedding I went to a few years ago and called it being “edgy.”

  • Tai Marshall

    LOL! The hairstyle isn’t really a hairstyle. In black and dominican neighborhoods, it’s called a “wrap” or a “doobie wrap”. If you go to a Dominican hair salon that’s how they normally set your hair before you comb it out whenever you’re ready to go out

    • Zaftiguana

      I think it’s closest celebrity cousin is Gaga’s beer can rollers. But Gaga nailed it by embracing the camp of it and going all-out with the whole look. Ri’s wrap is too blandly realistic and not supported by her other styling.

    • in Puerto Rico too…although it’s fun to see the women “bold” enough to go out (“but, it’s only to the market”) with the dubi still in place.
      I always say: doesn’t going to walmart count as “going out”?

      RE: Rihanna, at least she’s not sporting the wide ass silver bobby pins (spring-loaded action!)?!?

      • Introspective

        girl back when I had a relaxer those bobby pins were the effing worst to sleep with and forget the burns they produced under a dryer… oh lord. (file this under “things im not missing now that i rock a fro”)

    • Christina

      When I’m out in Puerto Rico I count the ladies hanging out at costco in their dubi dubi. apparently a formal one has been introduced. She’s from Barbados, she definitely knows what she’s doing.

  • SewingSiren

    She forgot her shirt and her bra is upside down. Love the hair , though.

  • Tricia

    Yikes. Also, are (scary, tacky) pointy nails in right now? Noticed em on Gaga too.

    • marlie

      They’ve been in for a little while now. See: Gaga, RiRi and Miley.

      • Sarah

        (Afterschool Special. *Shudders*)

  • CakesOnAPlane

    WHAT IS THAT HAIR DOING. In the second picture of her, it looks like a (powdered) part just magically appeared on her forehead. Is her hair shapeshifting??

    Also, I’m just sick of starlets trying to come up with creative ways to get me to stare at their starfish. And I can’t sign off on asscrack-laceup corsetry.

    In case it wasn’t clear, I hate this.

    • Town

      It’s the bobby pin.

      • CakesOnAPlane

        I mean, I figured. But it’s jarring how prominent it looks in some photos and yet nonexistent in others.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Oh Yusef that wig is TRAGIC!!!!!

  • MoHub

    I’m waiting for the seemingly inevitable wardrobe malfunction.

  • Sumati Thomas

    Girl, you forgot to comb out your doobie wrap. Not cute.

  • hughman

    The hell is the tattoo between her tits? Is it a sparkplug?

    • MilaXX

      It’s an Egyptian bird symbol

      • Evan

        I think it’s the goddess Isis.

        • MilaXX

          You’re probably right, I was just going on memory.

    • E2_Remote

      This comment FTW, you just made my husband LOL…for real, not just the letters.

    • alyce1213
    • Ginny Ellsworth

      OMG! I am dying here at work! Thank all the bitter kittens for livening up a very boring day!

  • Madu

    It’s a sequined wonderbra!

    • Lori

      Wonderbra in the sense of “sensible people wonder why the hell she wore that bra”.

  • ballerinawithagun

    How do you make one of the most glorious looking women in the world look this bad? The sheer top would have looked great and would have hidden her tan lines and the ill-fitting bra. I know, she STILL looks beautiful, but it looks like she feels uncomfortable and she is usually very comfortable in her own skin.

  • 8daysaweek

    Any potential the outfit has for me is completely ruined by how uncomfortable she looks in it. If you’re going to wear something like that, you absolutely must be prepared to rock it without an ounce of doubt.

  • uprightcitizen

    The hair closest to her face looks like that thing women did in the 60s, where they wrapped their hairdo in toilet paper and pinned it with bobby pins before bed to preserve it until next week’s trip to the hairdresser. To quote John Leguizamo, “That’s a ‘do and a don’t together!”

    • Sumati Thomas

      That is exactly what it is. A wrap or doobie wrap is meant to be worn to preserve the hairstyle while you sleep.

      • MilaXX


  • Jessica Freeman

    How is this outfit so completely Rihanna, yet she missed the mark completely. Fail.

  • OffToSeeHim

    That hair is truly awful.

  • MilaXX

    That is what us brown/black gals call a doobie wrap.Typically it’s done as a way of tying our hair up at night so it preserves whatever straightening method we have done to it, but still gives it some body. In the morning you take it down and it should look like how Zoe Saldana’s hair looked last night. Only Riri would want to make it a fashion statement. Seriously when I saw her on the RC I thought she was gonna take it down to perform. Instead she rocked this look all evening.

    • Sumati Thomas

      Waiting for the explosion of people wearing this as a hairstyle now and hair stylist charging extra for this hot “style”.

      • MilaXX

        I’mma be side eyeing folks hard that think they can walk the streets with their hair like this cause Riri did it, and please don’t let me go to a dressy event and see this.

        • pop_top

          I’m kind of just resigned to seeing it happen. However, I’m waiting to see “who” does it.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      And I was kind of here for it. But that’s mostly because I wouldn’t take my hair down to receive an award from Bill Maher either lol.

      • MilaXX

        I guess I am officially old. Someone who facebook was trying post how Riri was being ironic with this and I was like, “NOPE.”
        Homegirl wore a doobie with sparkly bobby pins and I’m not here for it.

        • Jaeda Laurez

          I liked it with the sparkly pins, I didn’t like it here. *shrug* I think I even would have liked it more as part of a “look” if she’d worn the top the model had. As it was, with the lack of a top and the plain black bobby pins, she looked like she wandered onto the carpet while she was getting dressed.

    • marlie

      I commented in my post, but someone wore her hair like that to a wedding a few years ago, and I expected her to to take the pins out before the ceremony, but no, that was her ‘do for the day. I thought it was tacky, and even a little bit disrespectful to the couple, since it’s pretty much universally known (to us brown/black girls) to be an unfinished, at-home-only look (and ironically, how I’d worn my hair the night before to sleep).

      • Sarah

        This is all very enlightening, because I’ve seen this hair on ladies who were clearly about running errands/returning library books/taking kids to school/walking dogs in my neighborhood, and definitely knew it was not a “red carpet” look. But, my first thought when I saw the pic was that she was trying to make her head look like her boobs do. Which not a good idea.

        • marlie

          That’s an interesting idea… If she was trying to emulate her bustier, though, she’s WAY off the mark. She should have worn an interesting skull cap or beaded beanie or something.

          • Sarah

            See, we’ve just fixed her look. Riri, call the BK’s next time. We can consult, for a reasonable fee.

    • mjude

      well i just learned something today. never heard the term doobie wrap. a little bow to you miss milaxx!

      • marlie

        I actually never knew it was called that either. It was always just “wrapped” to me.

      • MilaXX

        lol, Pretty much every brown/black gal on my twitter feed and facebook was talking about Riri’s doobie wrap. It’s not new to us. I guess Riri just took it mainstream.

    • mmebam

      I never knew the “Doobie” part. I definitely had my hair trained for years…

      • MilaXX

        I think the Dominican salons call it a doobie, but yeah wrapping your hair has been a thing since I was in high school in the 80’s.

  • sagecreek

    Are long claw nails coming back in? God, I hope not.

  • Little_Olive

    It’s the body art (eh) and excess hand jewelry that ruin it for me.

  • The look on the model is gorgeous. Rihanna looks half done.

  • LeelaST

    Don’t really like this, not even in a tacky way – the bra looks like Mouse-ears! The tan lines bothered me more than anything though.

  • mmebam

    Good Lord, I wore that hair in grad school over tunic sweater and fuzzy boots because I didn’t care.

  • nancymae

    Anybody remember the rapper Boss, she of the classic “I don’t give a f*ck, not a single f*ck, not a single solitary f*ck….” lyric? Well, me thinks RiRi had that on blast when she got ready for the show. Wrapped hair, even with pricey hairpins, is still wrapped hair which is generally taken down to reveal a silky smooth look for evening. Homegirl just looks like she could give a flip.

  • Danielle

    A doobie wrap!

  • Lesley

    ugh, I normally stand behind a lot of rihanna’s out there looks, but this one i just can’t get behind. and not to mention her hair looks like it’s been pinned to have her hair fit under a wig.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    First thought was also “what’s up with her hair.”

    I know Rhianna marches to and from a different closet, but I think this is kind of tacky

  • Town

    It’s a “doobie wrap”, it’s not a wig. It’s a black thing; white folks definitely wouldn’t understand. LOL

    • alyce1213

      Some of us do. I know it from late night laundry — I’ve washed and folded with ladies with wrapped hair, but I don’t think it’s a red carpet look, not even ironically. (They certainly wouldn’t.)

      • Town

        Absolutely not!

      • Sarah

        Yes. Some of us actually mingle with people of other colors than our own, and enjoy it! 😉

  • marion teniade

    Hahah it’s not how you can tell you’re gay, it’s how you can tell you’re white 🙂

    • kimmeister

      Do all the Asians and Latinas know about this, and I just missed the memo? Man!

  • zenobar

    This look is reminiscent of my “halfway point” when getting ready for a Big Event: bra, hose, heels, maybe a skirt; but no top yet, because I don’t want it covered in errant red hairs when I finish unrolling the hundred or so bendy hot sticks that have been searing my scalp all day.

    Actually, this entire discussion supports my theory that the level of glamour one achieves is in direct, inverse proportion to the level of bizarre-looking prep-fuckery that occurs beforehand.

    • formerlyAnon

      My mom’s line: “You have to suffer for your glamor.”

  • crash1212

    My first thought was about the hair as well. Looks like a hair hat. Tan lines are just awful. Didn’t realize how tall she is – unless Bill Maher is exceedingly short.

  • tereliz

    OMG that hair. It’s like she forgot she was going to the AMA’s and just got scooped up by the limo on her way to grab some ciggies…

  • Mary Lauer

    Definitely better with the sheer top. And when are we gonna stop with the nail daggers?!

  • French_Swede

    I think the tattoos just distract from the beauty of the outfit. And I agree, a sheet top like on the model would have softened this up a bit.

  • jw_ny

    First look at the pics, I was confused with what was going on with her head/hair…still am. Then saw the tan lines and shook my head. THEN noticed the dress. Oh those distractions!

    The sheer top would have been a huge improvement to this look.

  • kt

    The tan lines in particular make this all scream, the lady forgot her dress as opposed to sexy, she’s wearing a bejeweled slip and ill fitting strapless bra, which, given the hair, feels deliberate.

  • frannyprof

    The tan lines ruin it for me. Seriously, when you have unlimited access to EVERYTHING, you go out with tan lines?!

    • decormaven

      That’s my main problem with the look- from far away, I almost thought they were real straps.

  • kimmeister

    The makeup artists should have made her eyebrows less . . . geometric.

  • frannyprof

    Also, her boobs look like they’re melting.

  • NMMagpie

    Classic trying too hard.

  • Glam Dixie

    Between the hair hat, the tacky unflattering clothes and them calling her the voice of our generation, I was lol-ing a lot last night.

  • ojosazules

    That is a wonderful skirt.

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    Are those mouse ears hanging kinda low?

  • LuisaNL

    world’s biggest comb-over since the Donald.

  • Contralto

    Awful. In that second picture, she looks like the lizard-spider queen getting ready to bite the head off her dinner companion.

  • GeoDiva

    Tan lines are just tacky….

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    I thought Rhianna’s bodice was hanging kind of low until I looked closer at the model. On the runway model the sheer top masks it somewhat but there are only a few inches of skin between the skirt and the bodice. Why? I don’t know any woman who would want to feel like their top is in danger of slipping off.

    • marlie

      There are a lot of looks on the red carpet that look to be one violent sneeze away from a wardrobe malfunction. I’d hate to spend my evening worrying about that.

  • CeeRich

    In Dominican Beauty Salons across America, they will blow dry all curly hair textures to pin straight and even perfection (for under $25). Once they blow dry it, they wrap your hair in a spiral shape around your head and secure it with bobby pins so you can get home, sleep on it and in the morning, unwrap it and it will still lay perfectly straight. This is referred to in the hood, as a “doobie”. Rihanna, for some reason, chose to rock her doobie as an actual hairstyle last night. Was she playfully making a fashion statement in Gaultier with a Hood Hair do? Who knows? I know as a black woman, I was pearl clutching like “Why would she leave the house like that? We don’t ever leave the house with hair undone!” Just sharing for those that may encounter rogue black folks tsk tsking at her hair.

    • Trickytrisha

      Thanks for the info. I was thinking she’d lost her marbles, now I know she just didn’t want to part with her doobie.

    • pinkxxa

      beat me to the hair thing…

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I hate it, stem to stern, and she looks like she has both a stem and a stern in this dubious outfit. The shellacked hair is hiddy, the bra top is hiddy, the messy mermaid skirt is hiddy, and nothing looks like it goes with anything else. I do like the bracelet. And that is it.

  • Tanya Wade

    Her hands, both tattooed and untattooed, scare me so much. The claw nails. The weird rings. It’s like an X-Men villain called CLAW or something. And I have tattoos so I am not throwing shade because of that. It’s just…..everything together on those hands. No mas!

  • songsparrow

    I actually see some humor here. She’s a glamorous burlesque star, and we are getting a peek of her in her dressing room before she puts on her dress and styles her hair.

    • Nopinkertons

      That was my thought–after all, she’s essentially wearing a bra and a slip; why not bedtime hair, too? Imagine Riri at her dressing table….I can see she might have been going for “witty” rather than “WTF??”

  • LaSylphide

    Given the venue, she looks great.

  • Tânia

    number one on my irrational hate list. I don’t understand her appeal at all.

  • annieheckenberger

    Not so much a fan of any of this.

  • Big Bear

    Those hand tattoos are doing her no favours.

  • melanie0866

    I think it’s a hair hat. A hat made of hair. Not her hair, either. Probably hair from some Chinese peasant.

    Why does the tattoo on her right shoulder look like it’s backwards? Did she do it herself while looking in a mirror?

  • beebee10

    Just horrible. Head to toe.

  • amanda lynn

    I love the bottom. The top doesn’t look great because of the tattoos. I guess that it’s not a thing that ‘should’ be considered when dressing – what works with your tattoos and what doesn’t; but that shirt really does NOT work with her ink.

  • Definitely needed something to balance the top, but I love the skirt on her. Only, did she forget her wig?

  • Kent Roby

    It’s been a while since I’ve been to Disney World; I had no idea that they are selling beaded mouse-ear bustiers now.

  • Lilithcat

    Skanky. There’s just no other word for this.

  • Nika E

    I love it on the runway. Not so much on her. Her hair looks like how we (black girls) wrap our hair before bed. I dunno, I’m just not sold on this whole “icon” thing. AllmI’m saying is, is that my idea of an icon would know better than to have visible tan lines on the red carpet.

  • BrooklynBomber

    She has pretty eyes.
    That’s all the good I’ve got. The. . . dress (or whatever it is) looks like “make something in the style of Gaultier” costuming.

  • Akemi

    Both her and the model have some hair issues, but at least the model had no say in the matter.

  • Psst…you forgot to comb out out your wrap, girl.

  • MzzPants

    It looks like a cap made of hair. Odd. And x-nay on the anline-tays. Some handler should’ve known better.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    The hair is fucked up, and the dress looks like the one Detox wore on the runway after the “Scent of a Drag Queen” challenge on RPDR.

  • flamingoNW

    Do not like

  • pinkxxa

    She is an island girl, I doubt she gives a shit about tan lines. The hair is a play on when people wrap their hair to keep it straight… why she would wear that look to the AMAs is beyond me though.

  • SophieCollier

    Man, she’s got an awesome body, though. Her arms are perfect.

  • Morales Mike

    She’s gonna really regret that “between the boobs” tat in 15-18 years…

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    hate. it. all. cover your tan lines.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I want to like this – I usually enjoy the crack-tastic things Rihanna wears. The skirt is gorgeous, and she has such a spectacular face (and bod, for that matter). I just don’t like the look as a whole.

  • jmorino08

    What a mess! That hair is tragic and for someone who spends so much time less than fully clothed, she looks really awkward and uncomfortable here. Very un-RiRi.

  • leilah

    Most stunning of all, she is actually sporting 22-25 jumbo bobby pins on that “do” … it’s not even “ghetto”–just a big WTF??

  • oyeyemi808

    Lovely ALL over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • oyeyemi808

    Lovely All over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kamilaa

    Here’s how you can tell I’m gay: I spent several minutes, earlier today, also staring at these self-same images. Until I came over here and saw this, I never once noticed her hair (although I did notice the tan lines).

    Also, it’s not the only way you can tell with me, either. ^^

  • Milos Mom

    Close up of the hand tattoo next time please!

    • lobsterlen

      I was wondering about that too. Is it a permanent hand tattoo or henna?

      • Milos Mom

        Very real… Originally, she got it via the wonderful technique of two sticks tapping. It was a traditional Maori tattoo that she decided to “make pretty” with a henna inspired design added on later.

  • Kayemwhy yo

    Here’s the deal with the hair. In the 90’s black women with perms took their hair and wrapped it around their heads with bobby pins and slept that way at opposed to curlers, it gave the hair a gentle curve. Some tacky people of the bunch wore it out in the streets that way, but that was not the initial intention.

    I think Rhi-Rhi is winking back to that period in time. She should have kept the top the model was wearing too.

  • Janet B

    I really dislike the tan lines, or whatever they are.

  • Julaine Haraden Morley

    Two words: hat hair.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Meh-not liking the skirt or the bra top. Add the visible tan lines-honey, you have people to handle those for you(they’re called make-up artists), and the hair is just WTF.

  • Ma. Gabriella Dutari

    She has her hair in a…tubi-tubi? In my country women pin their hair like this when they are going to sleep in order to preserve their blowout hair. It’s sort of like having rollers. Meh

  • formerlyAnon

    It’s like an intentional boudoir look EXCEPT she’s not wearing the high heeled slippers and the lacy/sheer wrap.
    (Caveat: white girl who’s only seen that hair on friends getting ready to go out & never got the accompanying home training, so I may be missing some of its “what is & isn’t DONE” impact).

  • Nonnah

    All I could think was “Elvira does it better.”

  • LadyLuck777

    Maybe she was going somewhere important the next day and didn’t want to mess up her hair that night.

  • Mona_Visa

    Did Donald Trump do her hair? Because I have no clue wtf that even is, structurally.

  • my thoughts exactly. (1)what is UP with your HAIR and (2)them tan lines are TACKY, i’ll say it. is that your hair or is it a hat made out of hair? shades of the chris march finale collection.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Tragically bad. All of it.

  • quiltrx

    It just all looks tacky to me. Too much ‘look at me’ in that horribly unflattering top, and (agreed) completely unbalanced big, heavy, weird, messy bottom.
    And I work with/around a lot of black gals who spend a lot on their hair, and some of them would be the first to tell you they’re from the hood. But I can’t think of a one of them who would go out with their hair wrapped…except maybe to the store, in an emergency. Certainly not in an actual ‘going out’ outfit, much less Gaultier!

  • CarrieBaby

    Her hairstyle isn’t even a real hairstyle. As black women, we have to wrap our hair like this at night to allow the hair to lay right when it’s styled. You’re supposed to style it like how she has it then wrap a scarf around it to protect it. It is not something to be worn outside of your house. Maybe she ran out of time doing her hair and was in a hurry?

  • River

    agreed on all points. It had such *potential*…

  • Knightley

    My first thought is why does she have a tattoo of a Dalek between her boobs? Cause that’s what it looks like…

    • Fannie Wolston

      I thought it was a tiny gun, or a little indian chief re inked over a tiny gun

  • amber.

    Okay. This is for all the white people who don’t know Black hair care. What is going on with Rihanna’s hair is called a wrap. Black girls do this to their hair at night to keep it luxurious and beautiful. It is not usually worn out in public but it can be, but only when you don’t give a shit how you look or you feel like the place you are going is not worth the time to take your wrap down. It is mostly used on weaves or straight hair to maintain the glossiness of the style and also it’s healthy. It’s a very specific thing for Black culture.

  • Pound of Salt

    Her hair is like when Rachel Roy wore pajamas on the red carpet – and I love it

  • paintedfish

    i believe that is what my Gam-gam did to her hair before going to bed, except with toilet paper. also, fix them tan lines.

  • Dagney

    I think it’s a new thing. Saw the same hair on a girl in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter the other night.

  • Peeve

    Yikes. WAY too much going on here. The lace, the tattoos, the multitude of jewelry, the tan lines. She just looks trashy to me. And as wild as Rihanna can get with her style, I don’t usually think that.

  • GTrain

    I’m surprised by the tan lines mainly because I assumed, given her pretense of exhibitionism, that she would be a topless sunbather.

  • Fannie Wolston

    This girl is so random today like she was lazing about and completely forgot about her gig, said fuck the hair, grab that Versace and lets go NOW! glittery bobby pins woulda fooled the white folks

  • Nimith

    Hell, I’m gay and my eyes went straight to those tan lines.

  • Daktari100

    Her hair is only half done. That’s what hairdressers do to prepare to do your hair. Seriously, the clips are supposed to come out, and someone is supposed to actually “do” the hair. It looks like she left the salon before the stylist(s) finished.

  • Daktari100

    Oh, and as far as that dress is concerned, Cher wore it better…in 1988.

  • sweet_potato

    Hate the tan lines, they’re stripper-tastic.

  • ellisd123

    Is that a hair hat?

    • Candigirl1968

      It’s wrapped. It’s what many African American women do with their hair before they go to bed – they wrap it and pin it to keep their ‘do. And, if they are like me, they put a scarf on it (because there is no point in doing all that work and then having it ruined by tossing and turning). This works especially well with a good bob. Basically, RiRi wore her going to bed hair and said “I’m so fabulous I’m going to act like it’s a hairstyle.”

      Don’t be surprised if next time Rihanna comes out in her grandma rollers and a couture gown.

      • ellisd123

        Oh, I know that it’s a wrap “style”, I just wasn’t sure if that was a wrap hat or actually attached to her head.

        But, I do thank you for the explanation. I was always too lazy to do the wrap/scarf thing, myself.

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  • Diego!

    Her eyes look amazing!!! I like this look on her. The skirt is fantastic! Agree with the bra though, it looks odd. THAT HAIR MUST GO! But overall she looks nice!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Thank-you for addressing the tan lines. They bug.

  • katiessh

    i personally don’t care about the tan lines, although i think to look at this outfit and say the tan lines of all things make it tacky… but seriously, the fuck is happening with her hair?

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    I’m sure someone already spoke about her hair, but I’ll do it again. She has her hair wrapped. Black women who have perms wrap it up if they’re not going anywhere right after they’ve had their hair done. Usually you take out the hair clips when you go out to your event. In this case she looks like she planned it. The hairpins look jeweled toned. Not sure how i feel about that…but she’s Ri Ri.

  • guest2visits

    Wow did I dislike the hair style. It just did not translate for the stage AT ALL. I half liked this, the top wasn’t enough for me either.
    The beading is gorgeous and I wish the top was a full coverage halter or bare midriff top of some sort instead.

  • I guess I’m straight because my first thought was, “What’s up with those tan lines?” Things would have looked better with the sheer top, and the hair is just a fail.

  • Ashleigh

    Agreed 100%

  • Thanks for all the educational hair commentary! As a suburban white girl, I am familiar with the chiffon scarf tied under my mom’s chin on “beauty parlor days” but that’s about all. Thumbs up for learning something new today!

  • RectPropagation

    In two weeks Miley or Lady Gaga will show up in public with their hair like that and everyone will act like they invented wrapping your hair.