Last night, while the Rihanna Navy was at home praying for that new album to drop from the heavens, their fearless leader was busy sealing her LEGENDARY status by walking in the Mugler Ball in Astoria, Queens. Rihanna attended the voguing competition, with Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain and her hair stylist, Yusef Williams. After she was spotted and called out by the crowd, Rihanna, clad in a low-key all black look and a matching beret, took to the runway and giving her best sashay and twirl. "When they shout you out at a #MuglerBall it pretty much means "Get yo black ass on this stage NOW"!! Lol @yusefhairnyc thank you for inviting us to our first ball! Fun times last night! @olivier_rousteing." OPULENCE. ELEGANCE. Clearly, she got 10s across the board.
If you're unacquainted with Voguing and Ball room culture, revisit "Face Time," our feature on NYC's legendary Ball scene here, check out photos from Chantal Regnault who captured the grandeur of ball competitions and spend your Sunday afternoon watching Paris Is Burning, Jennie Livingstone's seminal documentary from 1990, streaming here.
Rihanna in the house. Not bad for my first ball. Paris keeps Burning #Rihanna #parisisburning #pandemonium
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UPDATE 11/12/14 4:15 P.M.: FKA Twigs was there, too, and looking like she'd been practicing for that moment her whole life.
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