Rihanna attends the 2018 Met Gala: Heavenly Bodies.
As we all know, Rihanna is among the unofficial reigning queens of the Met Gala— dare we say the ultimate attendee?
So when the fashion mogul didn’t appear on last night’s infamous red carpet, it was to the dismay of the Navy (Rihanna’s loyal fan base) and fashion savants alike. Rihanna has already cultivated a steady history of iconic looks for fashion’s biggest night, and even with her due date likely right around the corner, everyone still had their fingers crossed that she would make an appearance.
Well, turns out she did.
After the main festivities came to a close, the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed its newest piece: a marble statue of Rihanna.
“The statue of ‘Eirene (The Personification of Peace)’ is usually the highest-profile marble goddess @themetmuseum Greco-Roman galleries. But now we’ve got @badgalriri, straight off this month’s Vogue cover,” Vogue explained on Instagram a few hours after the red carpet ended.
Rihanna may not have attended the Met Gala’s big return to the first Monday in May, but this is a far bigger honor than ending up on any best dressed list. As noted, the statue transforms her May 2021 Vogue cover— an exquisite capturing of her star power bravado and impending motherhood— into gorgeous, sculpted marble.
“Shut down the met in marble! what’s more gilded than that? Lol! Thank you @metmuseum and @voguemagazine for this historic tribute! y’all bad for this one,” Rihanna wrote on Instagram.
We’re happy to see Rih’s fashion legacy certified in a grand, permanent manner. With each move, she proves to be a trailblazer whether that’s revolutionizing the lingerie fashion show, evolving the makeup world or changing the game for pregnancy fashion.