Rihanna at the 2013 AMAs.
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Ever underscoring that she's Princess Doing-Everything, Rihanna wore a Dominican doobie wrap and pins to accept her award for top R&B Female Artist—the hairy hair-cap most black women tend to reserve for the ride to the salon—paired with a goth mermaid look (custom Jean Paul Gaultier sequined-sweetheart bralette and matching mini cascaded with lace, BTW). The coiffure seems to be a deliberate accessory to the #ghettogoth steez she's been riding so hard lately (to the chagrin of Ghe20 Goth1k originator Venus X) and another entry in the recent pantheon of "hood accessories" incorporated into high fashion. (See: the proliferation of house slippers and socks in these streets, including Miley Cyrus, via Phoebe Philo.) Twitter was mostly beside itself, underscoring the importance of bringing visibility and power to every aspect of black hair, often immersed in politics. As writer and cultural critic Sydette Harry (@Blackamazon) tweeted, "@Rihanna is what happens when [West Indian women] get enough money to not be able to google a f*** to give. I.LIVE.FOR.IT."