Rihanna’s Sexy Nun Magazine Cover Sparks Controversy “This Is Religious Mockery”

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Rihanna stirred controversy when she posed as a sexy nun on the cover of Interview Magazine. The photo shoot featured the 36-year-old singer donning a black and white habit, the traditional attire worn by members of religious orders.

In response to this provocative image, both fans and critics flooded her comment section. Many expressed their disapproval, accusing the superstar of disrespecting Christians and Catholics.

The combination of her bright red lipstick and an unbuttoned blouse that revealed her cleavage intensified the debate on social media.

The intersection of fashion, art, and religious symbolism often sparks passionate discussions. Rihanna’s bold choice certainly ignited strong reactions from various quarters.

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One commenter expressed “So tired with all this unholy imagery!!!!” , while another labeled the concept as “religious mockery.”

A third commented: “I love u riri but this is not okay”

Another observer chimed in, expressing “I love Rihanna but I never understand why the obsession with sexualizing religious representations.”

A Fan explained, “Rhianna is apart of a demonic industry. This is what they do. Mock religion or religious figures.”

A fan astutely questioned, “Why wear this. There wasn’t a more creative thing the magazine could think of????”

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Some others expressed their belief that it is dehumanizing and degrading to witness Christianity being persistently ridiculed and religious symbols being misused.

In the end, many of Rihanna’s followers pondered why, out of the vast array of fashion choices available, the Fenty Beauty founder opted to satirize a religion.

However, a minority came to her defense, questioning whether the same critics would make similar remarks about every individual who has ever dressed as a provocative nun for Halloween.

In 2021, Rihanna faced accusations of cultural appropriation from fans when she wore a religious pendant depicting the Hindu god Ganesha in a topless photo.

And just a year earlier, she stirred controversy by using a song containing sacred Islamic texts as the soundtrack for her provocative Savage x Fenty lingerie show.

Despite these controversies, the mother-of-two, who has identified as Christian over the years, shared with Glamour U.K. that her anchor for authenticity lies in her faith and reliance on God.

When asked about how she stays fearless and navigates fame, Rihanna attributed her resilience to her relationship with God and keeping a focus on life’s true priorities, regardless of what others think.

In a candid 2019 conversation with her Ocean’s 8 co-star, Sarah Paulson, the Umbrella hitmaker delved into her faith journey. She recounted her earliest experience of praying and fasting at the age of 7, driven by her desire to visit New York. She recognized this act as a necessary sacrifice for God to pave her way to the city.

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While she hasn’t wavered in her faith, Rihanna admitted to moments when she felt distant from God due to her perceived shortcomings. During the challenging period of creating her album Anti, she grappled with these feelings but ultimately emerged stronger.

Paulson probed further, questioning whether this struggle solidified her faith. Rihanna clarified that her faith never wavered, even during those difficult times. She acknowledged that the devil often plants doubts, making individuals feel unworthy of God’s closeness. Her grandmother, who gifted her a physical devotion book before passing away, played a pivotal role in shaping her spiritual journey. 

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Esme Mazzeo

Esme Mazzeo joined usnewsdaily in 2023 as a writer-editor on the weekend team. She previously served as an entertainment reporter at Business Insider specializing in TV and covering shows like Grey's Anatomy, Sister Wives and Virgin River.Esme has over a decade of experience covering entertainment, lifestyle and cultural news.
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