BRIT Awards Fug or Fab: Rihanna


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I once turned to Jessica and said, “I’m REALLY into sauces right now,” simply because I just thought she would want to know it. I think Rihanna is trying to tell us the same thing about her sternum. It is having a moment. At this rate it will end up hosting Saturday Night Live, probably¬†on an episode where the musical guest is Mrs. Terwilliger’s Fifth Grade Recorder Group.

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  1. Clarence Beeks
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    I cannot stand her. seriously, her music sucks ass now.

    She reeks of insecurity to me. She just tries so damn hard.

  2. Willow
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    I like the idea of the dress and the fabric is gorgeous, however the execution is questionable, it looks a bit like a homemade prom dress. There is some serious fitting errors around her bust too.

    And brown elbow gloves will never be attractive. EVER.

  3. Softwear
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    Let’s face it, ladies. This is…not good. This is “not good hair.” This is “far too naked.” And it’s “sloppy deployment of accessories.” It’s solidly in Not Good territory, is what I’m saying.

  4. theotherjennifer
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    dressing like a slut doesn’t = FAB.

  5. Heather
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    I feel like her hair has been a problem for like three years now. I might have to give up that ghost.

    • Annie
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      How amazing would this look with the sleek Suri-Cruise bob she had years ago? She looks awesome with short hair. I wish she’d take a trip down Follicular Memory Lane.

  6. Ines
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    change the hair and make up, skip the gloves and i’m in

    • Sara L.
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      Ditto! The dress is fabulous, but it is being drowned out by all the unfabulous happening on top of her head.

  7. Molly
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    It’s a great costume so I give it full marks for “Kissmyassitude” but that’s about it.

  8. Eliza Bennett
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    GFY Heather, you’re not crazy. I like it too. Even the hair works. It’s better than the frizzy Psuedo-Fro (which will also be my Spice Girls cover band’s name) from awhile ago.
    I thought it was too naked at first, but the gloves and finger guns won me over.

  9. Lynne
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    Love the dress but only for her. It’s fairly naked but RiRi can get away with that, somehow. But hair and makeup need work.

  10. Jessica
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    Not feeling the hair and definitely not feeling the gloves. Change the hair and take away the gloves and I think I might like this.

  11. vandalfan
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    I like the gloves, and her headsuit is flattering, and works with the bold gown. I’m not sure the gown fits her properly, though. There’s quite a bit more fabric than necessary below her left boob. I, too, wish she had toned down the footwear, and gone with plain black sandals.

  12. Sandra
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    Sorry, no. All I see is a copperhead shedding its skin. It’s not as bad as the lumberjack baby-doll look, but I still don’t like it.

  13. Leah
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    The ring on the left side of the halter spoils the dress for me. It looks like a fancy swimsuit. The hair, however, is alot sleeker than usual, and I like that. Is it just me, or does she have a tooth blacked out for the performance look??

    • lisas
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      The blonde is doing her no favours. I love edgy fashion Rihanna more than I love sex bomb Rihanna (although I like that she moves back and forth between the two looks) just because she’s so gorgeous sex bomb is gilding the lily.

      I like the gloves. I’M SORRY. I do.

      • lisas
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        Oh whoops I forgot to add the reason I replied to you Leah, in that I agree that the top of her dress looks like a swimsuit.

    • aphy
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      It looked to me like some of her teeth are blacked out in that photo, too! Either that, or it is just a horrible picture.

      I also hate the ring on the dress. It cheapens it and it indeed does look bathing-suity. Hate the gloves, but must agree with whoever said that the lining is really quite beautiful. The hair, finally, is a bit sleeker than it has been in the last few photos I’ve seen of her.

      • aphy
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        Nevermind, I blew up the pic and it looks like she’s licking her teeth with her tongue. Not a flattering screen shot at all.

  14. Thomas
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    I’m sorry, but it looks like she’s about to shoot the most glamorous fisting video of all time. Her PA is probably carrying a tin of Crisco.

  15. roser
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    Love this and love the Grammy dress, too. Also love her singing with Chris Martin. BUT THE OTHER CHRIS MUST GO!!!

  16. Rowynn
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    All you gals who don’t like the dress, consider one thing – look what a nice LINING it has! Given what some people are wearing nowadays,and what Rihanna herself has worn in the past, what are the odds that it would have HAD that lining? Give thanks for small favors, is what I’m saying.
    I think she looks terrific, although yeah, the top is a little swimsuitty. But still – terrific!

  17. Libby
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    Yeah, somehow I’d totally missed the huge ring interrupting the flow of the halter until the close-up. I think without that, it would be a solid win for fun, flirtatious, and absolutely, not to be taken too seriously, while still be sexy and badass.

  18. Katharine
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    I voted Fug but my feelings are more like “Eh, but definitely not Fab.” Too sternumy; the mess and tangle of wispy necklaces is All Wrong for this; the bodice, as others have pointed out, is funky in the ungood way; the ring on the halter is ugly (although with the fabric and general styling the feeling I get is more Slave Girl of Gor than swimsuit); and I’m not loving the front/back slit twofer, either.

  19. Stefanie
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    I don’t know, Im just too..too…disappointed at her right now to judge this fairly.

    • Allie
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      Seconded. Whether she realizes it or not, she is a role model for a lot of people. Going back to / ‘reuniting with’ an abusive ex is not a healthy decision.

    • Ranee Singleton
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      Me too Stephanie. Me too.

    • Faye
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      Thank you, Stefanie, you verbalized exactly what I was thinking.

      And I’m not even talking about the “role model” issue — I’m so disappointed that she’s doing this to herself. No matter what she wears or sings, she will never be the uber-strong, self-confident, badass she tries to make herself out to be until she kicks her abuser to the curb, permanently.

  20. Jessica
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    Her hair is ruining everything right now. The color is all wrong for her. It’s tragic.

    I might like this dress; it’s impossible to tell around the hair.

  21. Robyn
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    With her dress here and at the Grammys, all I could hear in my head was “STERRRNUUUM!” in the same voice Thor used to yell for his hammer.

  22. Bella
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    What do I think? FUG! She’s always fug.

  23. anonymoose
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    Please let the record show that I am sick of seeing Rihanna’s sternum.

    Speaking of the dress itself, it’s lovely fabric and goes beautifully with R’s skintone. I cannot say the same for the hair color.

    However, that giant circular ring above the left boob is totally disruptive and removes any chance of this being an elegant dress. Also, the baggy fit above fit the waist is just bad.

    I do like the gloves, though!

  24. linda
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    I like the Grammy’s dress the best. i voted fab on this one…but it is really more of an ‘it isn’t fug’ vote

  25. Art Eclectic
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    I love the dress, but I’m so tired of her that I automatically want to hate the dress just because she’s in it.

    Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett would both rock that dress without making me want to throw things at my monitor.

  26. missmare
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    She devalues all women. If this site continues to feature her, then I will seek entertainment elsewhere. Thanks for the good times, but I cannot abide what this woman is all about.

    • Stefanie
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      If you intend to boycott every form of media that features Rhianna, you might as well cancel your internet, cancel all your magazine subscriptions and smash your radio and television. I don’t agree with the decision she made but I don’t think avoiding all media that features her is the way to go – life would get very boring very quickly.

  27. A.J.
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    She is one of the people that I’m just fatigued with and wish they would go away, like Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie.

    That said, I do like the dress, even if I am a bit tired of her sternum, and I think you’re right, deployed with a red shoe it would be better. Not sure how I feel about the gloves…no I’ve decided, I want them gone.

  28. Maddy
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    the hair has to go.

  29. Dannielle
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    Get rid of the accessories, dark toe nail polish, and horrible bleach job. All the colors from her head to her toes match too much and not enough at the same time. I wonder how it would look in the photos if the dress or the shoes were the color of the gloves, and the other was more the color of the dress lining?

    • Dazie
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      This- shoes the same color as the gloves, and more understated. Just some pretty brown shoes.

  30. Dazie
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    She used to be so dang cute. Now she looks like all of the sudden she thinks she was raised in some trashy trailer park.

    However– I don’t hate this, I just wish she didn’t show quite so much sternum. I love the gloves- wish more people would wear shoulder gloves- these are a great color.

  31. Antof9
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    I chose “fab” ’cause it’s not fug, but I’d rather have gone with “fab-ish”.

  32. Jo
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    That blonde is bleurgh on her and the cut too short-she’s not beautiful enough to carry a severe do. Dress is tacky. Fail!

  33. cstiddy
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    I used to like her, but now every song she sings sounds like “Shy Ronnie” from SNL.

  34. Tara
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    Slit up the back as well as the front? It’s tacky and the shoes don’t work for me, nor do the… funny little chains she’s wearing? I can’t really tell, they look almost like wispy lost bits of blonde hair.

  35. Rachael
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    As I read these comments, I am amazed at the number of people who feel the way I do. I just feel an aura of sadness and desperation whenever I look at her. And I’m not impressed by her music. I’m just tired of looking at her.

  36. ccm800
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    Aint she ’bout due for her first publicized rehab stint?

  37. Katherine Brenes
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    something is SERIOUSLY WRONG with those gloves, and the shoes…..its just way too much!!!!!! without even mention the blondiness……

  38. Sajorina
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    I LOVE THE DRESS & THE SHOES! They are FAB and BADASS on their own, but she totally fugged them up with the ridiculous gloves, the jewelry down to her navel, her confusing hair (which hasn’t made up his mind between black or blonde), and her “dominatrix incognito” attitude! But, that dress & those shoes are HOT DAMN! COVET!!!

  39. NYCGirl
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    Well, the fabric is pretty…

  40. neiges
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    I’m on the sadness wagon for so many reasons… The fact that she always looks like children playing dress up is one of them : her clothes never fit, especially the sternumny ones (and I am part of the minority who likes sternumny dresses!). Her horrible, horrible music is another one.

  41. Shiitake
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    When is Rihanna not trying too hard?

  42. corriner
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    Do you remember how great her hair looked around the ‘Umbrella’ era? Can we go back there, please?

  43. electric
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    I love it that she is not wearing ridiculous heels to perform.