Rihanna Debuts A Dominican Doobie Wrap At The 2013 American Music Awards

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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."

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Rihanna at the 2013 AMAs.
Photo: Getty Images

Receiving the first-ever, AMA icon award, though, she switched it up a bit. Doobie still intact, pearly hairpins matched the glimmering pearl choker (Chanel?!) wrapped around her neck, and offset a STUNNING bias-ruffled gown in silk ink and the ominpresent Alexander Wang strappy stiletto. This woman sang "Diamonds" wearing only two in her ears, subtle and classy all the way to the end. SHE WAS THE DIAMOND, Y'ALL.

Jay Z pre-recorded a video and said whatever whatever, but then, Monica Fenty, Rihanna-mom, came out to present the award in an equally gorgeous, tulip-cut white skirt and black tank. "I applaud and admire you for being so strong, and so humble, and so positive," she said. We saw a glimmer of a tear on the corner of her perfectly-appointed, liquid-eyeliner cat-eye (MAYYYYYBE we leaked one or two, also). "It was 17 years ago when I started making your life a living hell with my annoying husky little man-voice as you call it," she laughed. "I can't believe that at 25 years old, I'm holding an icon award." Her speech was as candid as we've seen her maybe ever, and after telling her fans she loved them (us), she and her beloved mom swept off-stage looking regal and elegant, doobie and all.

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