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On March 29, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty announced that it would be launching a red highlighter called “Geisha Chic.”
After the brand shared photos of the new product on Instagram, customers called the highlighter’s name “inappropriate,” and accused the brand of being racist.
On Instagram, representatives for Fenty Beauty told customers that the highlighter has been pulled “until it can be renamed.”
The same statement was reiterated to INSIDER by Fenty Beauty representatives.
Geishas have a rich history in Japan, and products inspired by them are often considered to be examples of cultural appropriation.
In the past, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has been praised for offering cosmetics in diverse shades to suit multiple skin tones, but the makeup brand is now facing backlash from fans who say the name of its new highlighter “Geisha Chic” is offensive.
Photos of the highlighter, which Hypebae describes as a “metallic brick-red” color, emerged on social media in March alongside new Fenty Beauty products like the Sun Stalk’r Bronzer and Killawatt duo in “Afternoon Snack/Mo’ Hunny.” See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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