Rihanna Smells Like ‘Cinnamon, Bubble Gum, and The Sea’ and All Other Scents Are Cancelled


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In April, Jeremy O. Harris (playwright, burgeoning tastemaker) sat down for a conversation with Rihanna (icon, the epitome of taste) in an actual chocolate factory in London, because sometimes when GOATs meet each other, everything becomes poetic and highly symbolic. In said interview, which was published in The New York Times Style Magazine, Harris applies his singular way with words to evocative descriptions of the multi-platform mogul’s ascent, influence, next steps, and—most importantly for me—her aroma. “As the doorbell chimed, a brilliantly heeled foot — wearing one of the aggressively pointed leather Fenty sandals I’d previewed the day before — stepped through a hidden side door,” Harris writes. “She smelled like cinnamon, bubble gum and the sea, her scent dominating the overpowering chocolate around us.” I mean this with all the seriousness I can muster and and absolute lack of even the faintest trace of hyperbole: this is the greatest sentence ever written and all other words, smells, notions, and ideas are cancelled.

First of all, the idea of Rihanna ringing a doorbell is astounding. I was under the impression that all entrances fly open with ecstasy upon her arrival. Also, the phrasing makes it seem like the door just started chiming spontaneously as soon as her foot pierced the frame. This all tracks.

But we’re not here to talk about how Rihanna brings every parts of buildings to life like a benevolent version of the spell in Beauty and the Beast. We’re here to talk about aroma! We definitely do not have enough information about what most celebrities smell like. This is probably because it is definitely rude to just roll up on your fave and take a whiff. Do not do that. Having said that, there is little that I’m more curious about than what the olfactory experience of being in the presence of a legend is like.

Last year, I interviewed David Litt, who worked in the Obama White House for years, and, of course, I grilled him about what the former president smells like. Secret Service never let him get close enough to find out for sure, but he guessed it was “history and aromatic coriander” which is a Yankee Candle I would definitely buy. This stood as the most important scent for about a year (all my all-caps emails to Kelly Rowland with the subject “WHAT DOES BEYONCÉ SMELL LIKE?” have gone unanswered). But today we have a new winning smell, by a nose!

Crush Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.4 oz

Let’s break this down into parts. Part the first: Cinnamon. A truly perfect scent. Notes of your grandparents’ house, notes of a shop in the mall that sells snickerdoodles, notes of the tagine someone once made for you on what is still the best date ever.

It’s possible that the sweetly earthy aroma of cinnamon was coming from Rihanna’s second signature fragrance “Crush,” it’s also possible that passed a cinnamon tree on her way to the interview and the branches erupted into a joyous dance while the blossoms sang “You Da One” in unison. Equally possible. Let’s continue to investigate.

Next scent: bubble gum. Wow. We’ve gone from a market in Agrabah frequented by Prince Ali, to a 16th birthday party at a roller rink. HER MIND! HER PASSPORT! Bubble gum can be a treacly aroma so congratulations to it for being permanently upgraded by association with Rihanna.

Whereas cinnamon is homey and potentially worldly, bubble gum is brightly youthful, accessible, cruising down a highway in a convertible with the top down blasting “Pon de Replay.” It’s possible that we’re talking about Rihanna’s scent “RiRi by Rihanna” but it’s also possible that she arrived at the chocolate in a gauzy, pink bubble because cars are so last year.

Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Eau de Parfum Spray 1 oz (Pack of 3)

Final component: THE SEA. I will be thinking about this for the rest of my life. Picture me as Citizen Kane except instead of “Rosebud” my final words are “Cinnamon, bubble gum, and… the sea.” It won’t take an entire movie to figure out what that means, however, because by that time every school child will memorize the three elements of Rihanna’s aroma before they learn the Pledge of Allegiance. No, strike that, the three elements of Rihanna’s aroma will be the Pledge of Allegiance.

What does the sea smell like? Salt and air and freedom and suntan lotion and phosphor and glass becoming sand? Sure, probably. Maybe. It’s possible we’re talking about the hibiscus flower and coconut water notes in Rihanna’s “Reb’l Fleur” but it’s equally possible that every molecule of every sea on the planet experienced a spontaneous phase change and clung to her skin in an act of magic and love and devotion. Actually, the second theory is more likely. I mean, what would you do if you were a sea. “I could be Dead or I could be Rihanna-adjacent?! You do the math.”

How does one smell like the sea? What can I do to harness an entire body of water? Should I go shout the lyrics to “Needed Me” at the nearest lake, bay, or reservoir?

I’m not sure it’s even possible to combine such different aromas if you’re not Rihanna, but I will be trying for the rest of my life. For instance, my evening will be spent soaking in a salt water hot tub full of cinnamon sticks, madly chewing an entire roll of bubble gum tape and waiting for the magic to happen.



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Everything That Upset the Internet This Week


What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A handful of laws that threaten female reproductive rights, a YouTuber who’s abusing his influence over others and a television show that faces its final episode. Here’s everything you need to know:

Anti-Abortion Laws Sweep the United States

THE STORY: Over this past week, the world has watched as a wave of American states have moved towards stricter abortion laws. Under Roe v. Wade—the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that granted all American citizens the right to obtain an abortionthe procedure is still very much legal in all 50 states. The goal of extreme anti-abortion laws passed in states like Georgia, Alabama and Missouri is to be challenged and eventually taken to the Supreme Court, so that Roe v. Wade might be overturned.

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Anti-abortion laws will never stop abortions. They will, however, force pregnant people—especially those from marginalized communities—from receiving abortions safely and free of stigma. Consider this tweet from former first daughter Chelsea Clinton:

“Pre-Roe, >1 million women annually had illegal abortions. Women inserted bleach, turpentine, knitting needles, scissors & hangers into themselves & threw themselves down stairs. Every year, >200 women died & thousands more suffered serious injuries from botched illegal abortions.”

Whether or not these laws are put into practice, the fact that they passed at all will likely have a huge effect on attitudes towards abortion. The language used in these bills is extremely dangerous: in Alabama’s bill, for example, abortion is compared to a number of historical genocides. Words like those, particularly when given power through government, can fill women with unnecessary shame and cause them to question their reproductive rights. Not just in America, but globally.

Makeup YouTuber James Charles Loses Over 3 Million Subscribers

THE STORY: In an explosive 43-minute video, YouTuber Tati Westbrook “exposed” her close friend, James Charles, alleging that he uses his “fame, power and money” to manipulate those around him. The drama saga started during Coachella, when Charles posted an ad for Sugar Bear Hair, a huge competitor of Westbrook’s brand, Halo Beauty.

But Westbrook took her criticism of Charles far beyond personal pettiness, with her most concerning claim being that the former Covergirl ambassador has a history of sexual predation toward straight men. “You know, it’s really disgusting to manipulate someone’s sexuality, especially when they are still emerging into adulthood and don’t have everything quite figured out,” she said. “You are using your fame, your power, your money to play with people’s emotions. You’re threatening to ruin them. You’re threatening to embarrass them. And you’re doing that to have them behave sexually in your favour, even if they’re straight. And you know what? That’s not okay.”

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: James Charles has hugely influenced the blurring of gender lines within the beauty industry. He has, without a doubt, inspired many young men and women to explore makeup and express their true selves. Being a shitty friend shouldn’t change that. Abusing that power over others, however, does.

Fans Are Petitioning For a Remake of Game of Thrones Final Season

THE STORY: Season 8, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones disappointed most of the series’ superfans. Viewers felt that the show’s writers, David Benioff and DB Weiss, destroyed seven seasons of careful character building in a single fire-filled episode, and in doing so, they “have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent.” This, at least, is how the people who created a Change.org petition feel. The petition, which demands a complete do-over of the show’s final season “with competent writers,” has now been signed by over one million people.

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Television is not fan service—but I empathize with this anger. Here’s hoping D&D use the final episode to prove us all wrong.





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See What Lili Reinhart and Isaac Hempstead Wright Say About the Game of Thrones Season 8 Remake Petition


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Tonight is the finale of Game of Thrones, and after last week’s episode, many fans are unhappy at the way this show is wrapping up. A petition titled “Remake Game of Thrones season 8 with competent writers” currently has more than one million signatures—and counting. But Riverdale star Lili Reinhart and Thrones actor Isaac Hempstead Wright are pushing back at the notion that the cast, crew, and writers would reshoot an entire season of a show.

Hempstead Wright, who plays the complex Bran in the show, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview on Friday that he is happy with the now controversial plot-twist in last week’s episode that involves long-beloved character Daenerys.

“It’s just absurd,” he said of the petition. “I can’t even fathom it. It’s just ridiculous. It’s ridiculous that people think they can just demand a different ending because they don’t like it. I have stupidly taken it quite personally, which obviously I shouldn’t. In my opinion, it’s a great ending. I think it’s that this is a character everyone loves. Dany is a brilliant character who has done so many fabulous things and saved so many people.”

Reinhart addressed the petition on Instagram. When she saw Variety‘s Instagram post about the petition, Reinhart commented with exactly her thoughts on the ordeal.

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After fans saw her comment, they argued to Reinhart that TV is, indeed, fan service, and that her show, Riverdale, is the exact definition of said fan service.

Reinhart then doubled down on her opinion with an explanation in her Instagram story.

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This show ends tonight, but something says this conversation/argument will not.





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Your Need-to-Know Beauty News for May 17, 2019


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A wave of criticism over Kylie Jenner’s new skincare line, a beloved lipstick line goes vegan and more.

Kylie Jenner Faces Backlash Over Skincare Line

The 21-year old mogul unleashed a torrent of angry Instagram users when she announced the upcoming release of her new facial exfoliator, part of her latest venture: a skincare line. The scrub, not dissimilar in look and composition from the now largely shunned St. Ives Apricot Scrub, features walnut powder, or Kylie’s “secret to a fresh face”. One user commented, “Over priced st. Ives. Smfh. I hope y’all like microtears in your face.”  Another user wrote, “Girl…….no. This will turn your face into raw, ground meat.” Micro-tears have been at the centre of the debate—taking place in no small part over at the r/SkincareAddiction Reddit forum—over Apricot Scrub in recent years, with claims that the suspended walnut powder beads are too harsh on the face and can cause tiny lesions in the skin, leading to cystic acne, irritation, infection and more. In recent years, exfoliation has taken a turn towards chemical components and away from physical scrubs, making Kylie’s version appear a bit behind on the times. Ingredient choices aside, people are not pleased that Kylie has essentially duped the St. Ives version and slapped a higher price tag on it. “St Ives is 4 dollars everybody just sayin,” said one user. And St. Ives themselves even joined in on the conversation: “Why wait till may 22? 💁‍♀️”

Italy’s Accademia Del Profumo Has Announced This Year’s Fragrance Award Winners

This Tuesday at the Accademia Del Profumo’s 30th annual gala in Milan, Italy’s perfume academy honoured recipients of this year’s fragrance awards. Female fragrance of the year went to Giorgio Armani’s Sì Passione while Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum took top honours for men’s fragrance of the year, with votes from over 150,000 consumers on the Accademia’s dedicated website and Facebook page. Other honours of the evening included best olfactory creations, going to Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense and Tom Ford Ombré Leather. Givenchy’s L’Interdit scored top honours for women’s communication of the year, for their 2018 campaign featuring Rooney Mara.

Sustainable Lipstick Brand La Bouche Rouge Goes Vegan

“We are proud to have designed a true revolution in the beauty industry, the very first vegan, refillable and cruelty-free lipstick,” La Bouche Rouge announced via their website. The French cosmetics brand now boasts a trifecta of sustainability, cutting beeswax from their formula to add “vegan” to their tagline. “With the health and conservation of bees being crucial for the planet, we have removed we have removed beeswax from our formula—taking a stand against the exploitation of bees and guaranteeing purity,” the brand’s website details. They also consulted with designer Stella McCartney to come up with a vegan case—previously made of leather—to go with the revamped formula. La Bouche Rouge has long been a favourite of eco-conscious beauty shoppers, steering clear of microplastics, offering a refillable tube and donating 100 litres of safe drinking water to Eau Vive International for every lipstick sold.

 





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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Have a Candid Cannes Red Carpet Debut


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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are at the Cannes Film Festival, and they’re already leading the fashion charge. On Friday, they wore matching bright patterned looks while stepping out at the Martinez Hotel and looked cuddly at a Chopard party. On Saturday, they wore matching white to the premiere of “Les Plus Belles Annees D’Une Vie,” or “The Best Years of a Life.”

Chopra looked positively bridal in an ivory dress full of tulle. With Jonas on her arm in an all-white tux, it was clear they had coordinated the elegant, formal look. Ever the perfect date, Jonas helped his wife out of the car as she handled the long train on her dress.

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They seemed to enjoy their time on the carpet with plenty of flirting and solid candid photo moments.

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Truly, so many laughs.

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Chopra and Jonas got married late last year, but these photos might as well be from a perfect, romantic wedding.

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This is Chopra’s first Cannes Film Festival, and she and Nick are taking it by storm as a true power couple. Last weekend, they brought their power-couple energy to New York City, alongside Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas when the Jonas Brothers were in town to perform on Saturday Night Live.

The weather was less than ideal today, so Jonas and Chopra had an umbrella nearby as they walked the carpet. At one point, Jonas held an umbrella over his wife’s neat, pulled-up hairstyle as they looked toward the crowd.

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A little drizzle certainly didn’t put a downer on this moment.



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Kering Bans All Models Under 18; LVMH Claps Back


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Kering Bans All Models Under 18; LVMH Claps Back

Kering, the parent company that owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and more, has announced a new company policy that all models hired must be over the age of 18, effective 2020. The undeveloped bodies of teenage models have long been viewed as aspirational within the fashion industry (creepy!) and this appears to be a step in the right direction towards representation that more accurately reflects the brand’s customer base. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit,” François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering told WWD. Then, in a bizarrely catty move, LVMH announced they “would not be following suit.” Antoine Arnault, the LVMH’s head of communication and image, said “Let’s not kid ourselves: It’s not because one group bans these models that they will stop working. On the contrary, we provide them with a protected environment, so I am totally against this ban on models aged under 18.” He then cited Kaia Gerber as a reason to continue employing 16-year-old models. Okay, bro. The move marks a rift in the charter signed by both rival companies in 2017 that was the result of both companies drawing up a charter of industry standards to protect models. At the time, both companies agreed banned the employment of models under the age of 16. (WWD/WWD)

Away Suitcases Just Received $100 Million in Series D Investment

Away, the sleeker-than-thou direct-to-consumer suitcase brand, just received a rather significant cash infusion to the tune of $100 million in Series D investment.  “What is Series D investment?”, those who don’t speak startup might be asking. Well, it refers to the stage of maturity a startup is at; investments that come at the very beginning of a startups tenure are called seed investments while Series D reflects that Away has already been running a successful business for three years.  According to a press release, Away reached $12 million in sales in its first 12 months, grew to $150 million in sales in 2018, and is projected to double its sales in 2019.  “This new capital will further fuel our plans to fully build a global community of passionate travelers, and equip them with every product they need to travel more seamlessly,” said Jen Rubio, co-founder and Chief Brand Officer, said in a statement. (Press Release)

Gigi Hadid Stars in Burberry’s Latest Campaign

When provocateur designer Riccardo Tisci first took the helm of Burberry in 2018, one of his first moves as creative director to reinvigorate the 163-year-old brand’s logo. He tapped former New Order member Peter Saville to create a retro interlocked version of the initials ‘TB’ in homage to Burberry’s founder, Thomas Burberry. Now Tisci is shaking things up yet again, choosing Gigi Hadid to front the brand’s new monogram collection campaign. In four separate images, Hadid takes on different British stereotypes, playing a British chav, a tie-wearing businessman, a streetwear thot, and a posh elite. Overall, the collection goes a long way to demonstrate the versatility of the new logo. (Fashionista)

Clickbait Fashion is the Latest Strategy Brands are Using to Garner Attention

Remember janties? Those minuscule strips of denim that amounted to more or less a very stiff pair of underwear? They’re just one of many clothing items that have gone viral as of late for their sheer ridiculousness (Fashion Nova ripped denim and transparent PVC pants also come to mind), yet despite how much everyone seems to hate these garments, apparently being at the centre of an internet outrage cycle actually helps to drive sales. “Hype is real,” Lyst’s vice-president of communications, Katy Lubin, told The Guardian. In the case of janties, Lyst recorded a 2,250% increase in searches for the item on their platform, and the style sold out and received a restock on SSENSE. Apparently their viral popularity marked them as one of the main trends of festival season (Coachella was comedically dubbed “Buttchella” by one horrified fashion reporter). So next time you feel the urge to fire off a tweet making fun of a pair of pants, perhaps curb the impulse if it’s about something you don’t want to see in the near future. As they say, any hot hair helps a balloon get off the ground. You’re only contributing to the problem. (The Guardian)





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