Rihanna celebrating the launch of Fenty Beauty at ULTA in March 2022.
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Can you really do a Met Gala without Rihanna? Of course, there were plenty of other big names – Riz Ahmed in a Prada tribute to the immigrant workers of the time, Lizzo with her golden flute – but nothing made up for the absence of the gala patron, the very excellent Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Although it was always unlikely that Rihanna would come (she is extremely pregnant), I was still hopeful. After all, it’s the woman who served us who looks like a glitter pope and a giant beautiful omelet.
The answer is clearly no, and even the Met agrees: the museum and vogue paid tribute to Rihanna by immortalizing her April vogue cover in a digital rendering a marble statue, an Alaïa bodysuit, a baby bump, and everything. vogue unveiled the statue on Instagram on Tuesday, well, here it is:
It’s heavenly. It’s the pinnacle of maternity fashion. By vogue, the statue of Eirene – the mythological personification of peace, the daughter of Zeus and a goddess of seasons and time – is normally the “most prominent marble goddess” in the Met’s Greco-Roman galleries. But Rihanna’s digital pregnant marble form usurped it, naturally. Rihanna herself seemed thrilled with her likeness, produced by the ApeManRobot animation studio of Ross Shuman and Nick Lines. “Shut the marble! What’s more golden than that? she captioned an Instagram post share vogueand thanking the magazine and the Met for the tribute. “You’re bad for this one!”
To whom I say thank you you, Rihanna, for hosting this year’s gala in digital goddess form. We couldn’t have done without you. I hope your human form spent the evening relaxing on the couch and watching Real housewives.