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Rihanna was the woman of the hour at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Not only did she look super-hot on the red carpet in a Jean Paul Gaultier couture two-piece gown, but she was presented with the show’s ever first-ever Icon award — by her mom! She followed that up with a performance of her hit single “Diamonds” before calling it a night.
While all of these moments are worthy of media attention, the most talked-about aspect of RiRi’s night at the AMAs has been her hair, which…what exactly was going on there?
The Barbados native wore her hair in a doobie wrap throughout the evening, which is a method that Hispanic and African-American women traditionally use to pin down their hair before going to bed to keep the style in place overnight. It’s comparable to women using curlers in their hair in that you don’t typically see it outside of the hair salon or the house.
Rihanna accented her wrapped hair with pearl pins during her live performance, but arrived on the carpet with simple, fresh-out-of-the-salon bobby pins. We think she looked divine as always, but at the same time, it’s worth pointing out that the style is specific to certain cultures. If it becomes a trend, could it potentially lead to a Miley-esque cultural appropriation backlash? We kind of doubt it, but you never know.