The self-professed ‘bad gal’ is known for rocking next to nothing, but she switched things up a bit to conform to the local culture by donning a black hijab and abaya-esque trouser suit.
[Sidebar: ‘She may be dumb but she’s not stupid… ‘ :shock:]
The photos were reportedly taken by Gomillion Leupold – a photography team made up of Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold and posted to Rihanna’s Instagram account.
While RiRi certainly looked the part of a traditional Muslim woman, she maintained her ‘bad gal’ image with her photo captions, sparking many to say she was being ‘disrespectful’ to the religious location.
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Rihanna’s photos are causing a stir in the United Arab Emirates, with many citizens posting comments to her account.
rualuja posted on Instagram: “It’s evident that @badgalriri hasn’t done her research on the significance of a #mosque as she is clearly disrespecting it by posing in such a manner. … She’s an artist that’s all!!!”
hayaallawati asked: “What the heck is she doing lying outside the mosque like that?!”
A sentiment echoed by Fizza Jameel on the Gulf News Facebook page: “Nooo it’s not at al appropriate. …. plzzz respect the places of worship and respect the hijab.
Another reader, Samira Al Hassouni posted: “It’s a sacred place, not a photoshoot location. I don’t understand how people think this is okay.”
A few had a humourous take. Mxrmmm wrote on Instagram: “The first time that I see you [Rihanna] with normal clothes.”
Facebook user A Rahumath Ulla raised the question that many others were asking on social media: “I don’t know how the authority let her to take a fashion shoot in front of mosque or inside the mosque?”
Besides the caption, I don’t see what the big deal is about the shoot. Rihanna even respectfully ‘covered up’ to perform onstage….
What do you think of Rihanna’s latest Instagram controversy?
Do you think her mosque photoshoot was ‘disrespectful’?