The term Black is Beautiful is making a comeback in 2020 with the unveiling of Rihanna’s launching a collection of Fenty Cameos. They are set to be the accessory many women of colour and others will be adding to the family heirlooms. What a beautiful idea for a piece of jewellery to add to your accessorized outfits.
We POC’s have history, and now we can mix historical pieces that reflect who we are. I, for one, have to put the cameos that my grandmother gave me away because now Rihanna has ones that we can relate to and see ourselves in. The designer mixes the past with the present. the
Rihanna Celebrates the Beauty of Black Women With a Collection of Fenty
Rihanna, whose impeccable style and creative energy, has just launched a line of Fenty. Her range of Cameos celebrates the beauty of black women. These cameos, feature women’s profiles, are rendered in black resin and glass, enhanced with tiny pearls and glass beads.
The History of the Cameo
The very word cameo may come from Kame’ o, a term used in kabbalistic language to signify a magical square. In early history, these magic squares depicted ancient warriors and rulers. In old Greece, women were said to wear Eros cameos to mean that they were—how shall we put it?—ready for a little action.
Renaissance pope Paul II was a big cameo collector; Napoleon allegedly wore one to his wedding. In the 18th century, when wealthy young European women were beginning to travel, they brought back cameos that depicted architectural ruins as souvenirs of their grand tours. By the middle of the 19th century, everyone who could get their hands on a bit of disposable income was pinning cameos to the collars of their vast dresses.
Black People’s Cameo
Black people on cameos history is known as blackamoor jeweller. Exquisitely carved pieces depicting so-called moors that have their origins in the ateliers of 16th-century Venice. The characters portrayed on these antique brooches and rings. They were often dressed in lavish robes, yet depicted as slaves. At worst these pieces may be viewed as talismans of the slave trade.
Black is Beautiful
I feel Rihanna wanted to reinterpret the past with a modern twist and reinvent the meaning of Black Queens. These Fenty cameos make it easy to celebrate our history and honour their singular grace. The accessories collection includes earrings, rings, and even a brooch that converts to a pendant. Ideal for a lawyer to wear with her power suit.