Ashley Graham and Rihanna are both style icons, and both women are fans of each other’s work. According to Graham, when they met at the Met Gala earlier this year, “Rihanna said I looked ‘hot as fuck.’ I had no idea what to say to her. I was just like, 'You slay every Met, Rihanna!’“
This week, Graham was in the audience for Rihanna’s Fenty X Puma show, which included BMX performers doing aerial tricks over mountains of bright pink sand, at New York Fashion Week. She told Yahoo Style, “I was at Fenty last night, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?” She added, “It was a very diverse group of women, which was really nice.”
Graham, who showed off her own curves in a nude latex ensemble at the event, is a longtime advocate for body positivity. Despite the industry’s continued focus on skinny models, Graham has been featured everywhere from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to the covers of Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
Rihanna also has personal experience with the lack of diversity in the fashion industry, so it seems likely that she’ll take Graham’s comment to heart. In 2015, the singer became the first black woman to front a Dior campaign. She designed her new Fenty Beauty line to appeal to women with a wide range of skin colors, and at the launch event, she said, “There’s so many different shades… you want people to appreciate the product and not feel like ‘Oh that’s cute but it only looks good on her.’” The recent Fenty x Puma show demonstrates Rihanna’s focus on models of diverse ethnicities—maybe her next big show will add body diversity to the mix as well.