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Rihanna's Super Inclusive Makeup Line Is Finally Here

Rihanna's 'Fenty Beauty' makeup line dropped this morning and it's all about glamor and inclusion.

In case you somehow missed it,ย Rihanna launched her long-anticipated Fenty Beautyย line this morning, and the only thing we can say, as of this moment, is that we wished it had dropped sooner.


The fact that the line is by one of the world's biggest pop icons is far from the only thing that makes it stand out.ย The singer's emphasis on diversity and inclusion when developing the line is another major draw.

Rihanna announced the official release of the line earlier this week, with a promo video that she shared on Instagram. The short features some of our favorite African "it" models like Australian-Sudanese model Duckie Thot and Somali-American Halima Aden, who became the first model to wear hijab on the cover of Vogue back in June.

The teaser features a noticeably diverse group of models, with various skin tones. In fact, Fenty Beauty's full foundation collection boasts 40 different shadesโ€”meaning that the needs of brown and black women were actually made a priority for a change.

Hear Rihanna talk about why catering to a wide range of skin tones was important to her in the video below.

The official Fenty Beauty launch went down yesterday in Brooklyn and a slew of beauty editors, bloggers and models were in attendance. Folks looked ravishing to say the least.

"Lemme help you with that glow" #KILLAWATT ๐Ÿ’ซ

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Yesss queen ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿพ Stay WINNING ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’‹โค @fentybeauty @badgalriri @fentyxpuma

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In-depth product reviews haven't quite rolled in yetโ€”the line literally launched hours agoโ€”but it looks like we can expect one from none-other than popular Nigerian beauty blogger, Jackie Aina pretty soon.

Screenshot from Jackie Aina's Twitter.e

We're pretty much ready to give Rihanna all our coins on blind faith though. From what we've seen so far the line looks stunning, and a makeup line like this is a breath of fresh air in a mostly white-dominated beauty industry.

Rihanna wears products from her new line on the cover of this month's issue of Elle. See her four covers below and check out some behind the scenes footage from her shoot!

Fenty Beauty is available now.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crรจme de la crรจme of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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