Rihanna's Queen Nefertiti-inspired Vogue Arabia feature is causing quite the stir online.
In the editor's letter for the issue, which is set to hit newsstands on Nov. 1, Vogue Arabia's Editor-in-Chief Manuel Arnaut wrote:
“We are dedicating the issue to strong and dynamic women who are changing the world. Rihanna, our cover star, is one of them. Not only is she one of the most successful pop icons ever, shaping the entertainment industry with her powerful tunes and unique sense of style, she is also an advocate for diversity.”
On social media, reactions are mixed
Vogue Arabia first announced the Nefertiti-inspired Rihanna shoot in social media posts shared on Oct. 17, and reactions have been mixed ever since.
However, the debate intensified after the cover's official release, with some even accusing the magazine of cultural appropriation.
Here's some of what people had to say: