Rihanna put the ‘Work’ in our vocab and rightfully so, as could be one of the hardest working female artists and entrepreneurs we have seen. According to Forbes, Rihanna is the world’s wealthiest female musician, with an estimated networth of over $600 million and she is 31 years old.

Rihanna has been able to leverage her celebrity through brand partnerships, brand deals and product lines. Rihanna is an active investor and part co-founder of the artist-owned music streaming platform, Tidal which sold a 33% stake to Sprint in 2017.

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Fenty’s Cameo Earrings

This year 2019, Rihanna became the only Black woman to forge a partnership deal and become head of the first Black-owned luxury fashion house, Fenty Maison with LVMH – the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate behind Fendi, Dior and many others.

Damn badassery if you ask us! The latest to come out of Fenty fashion line is a jewelry collection that pays homage and honors the regal, graceful beauty of Black women everywhere. Popular in the late 18th to 19th centuries,  considered antique jewelry – brooches, rings, necklaces, cameos were portraits of women through the art of carving glass, stone, shell and coral.  The subject of the cameos usually depicted beautiful, graceful white women. Rihanna’s Fenty fashion collection dubbed ‘The Cameo’ is a modern cameo take and the portraits are of Black beauty.

The 19th-century history of cameos is closely linked to a European art style called Blackamoor. The exoticism of Black people particularly Africans, Muslims or Moors as they were called by early white Europeans – were frequent subjects of collectible art, furniture and wearable art known as jewelry. Most depictions were subservient, demeaning and negative. Today, we can say that Blackamoor depictions were not in a celebratory tone, but racist and culturally insensitive.

In a way, Fenty’s ‘The Cameo’ puts history on notice through the wonderful reveal of Black beauty reimagined in cameo jewelry.