Global pop star Rihanna looks awesome as Marilyn Monroe on the cover of the October issue of British Vogue. They got the blonde hairdo spot on, and Rihanna’s curves certainly rival Marilyn’s. The dress she’s wearing is a little bit modern for the Monroe look, but maybe they’re trying to position her as the modern version of Marilyn Monroe? Sure, I’ll take it. Good job, British Vogue stylists.
Despite all this fabulousness, though, the washed out tone of her skin is kind of unnerving. Here is a paparazzi shot of what Rihanna looks like normally:
I’ve noticed this trend in the past, and it’s just strange. Why are magazine editors hell-bent on ‘shopping everyone from Mandy Moore to Beyoncé to be that same “white person with a tan” hue? (I’ve noticed they make pale white people look tanner sometimes, too.) I don’t want to sound Sesame Street obvious, but beauty comes in all shades. If Rihanna can be a modern Marilyn Monroe in Armani Prive couture, she can certainly be a Barbadian Marilyn Monroe with her actual, gorgeous skin color.