The 'Work' hitmaker revealed her Savage x Fenty lingerie collection in a runway presentation featuring models of various body shapes and skin tones, and Jazzelle Zanaughtti felt more comfortable in the green set she wore than she has ever done on the catwalk in the past because she was able to be herself.
She said: "The show was raw. We were all half-naked skin, bones, rolls, curves, scars and stretch marks 100 per cent out for the world to see.
"In confidence, power and unity we were able to be unapologetically ourselves.
"Personally, I usually really don't like doing shows, they always make me feel like I have to put on a face and a walk that doesn't feel like mine. But this one was so special because I felt like me.
"Everyone was so different, and all looked equally amazing. Most of the time in fashion, diversity feels like it's more about hitting a quota.
"But this show was different: it was organic, and it came from a place of love."
Sudanese model Aweng Chuol had an equally positive experience with the show and praised Rihanna for making beauty more "inclusive".
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So last night, a dream came true. A few dreams at that, A campaign for @savagexfenty that I had the honour of being in- was released. I walked a @savagexfenty show for the first time, that was casted by @pg_dmcasting ( THANK YOU SO MUCH). @badgalriri called my name out, loud and clear. Also @badgalriri released another savage collection. I want to thank my representatives for making sure that I stayed on my toes ( @iconiquemgmt , @nevsmodels , @statemgmt , @metropolitan_mmanagement , @independent_mgmt ). I want to thank the @savagexfenty team for spending endless hours perfecting every single look. You all did that. I want to thank all the models for being the most amazing peers from start to finish- also a shout out to @Iamjesuswalks for the hours in heels, helping me reconnect with the ancestors & my inner champion. A very beloved Thank you to my NY agent @tuskania for rooting for me ❤️✨ Thekid
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She told Vogue.com: "I do believe that Rihanna has definitely played a part in how we perceive beauty, in the sense that she is a very inclusive business woman, in a very equality-elusive society.
"It felt amazing to walk in a show that was so different to the many shows that have been happening in NYC season after season."
Casting director James Scully has been a longstanding critic of inequality in the fashion industry and praised Rihanna for making a change in the typically-conservative lingerie market.
He said: "I think the idea of that kind of Vegas-style parade of overt showgirls is no longer modern.
"A pageant-type, Barbie show feels totally out of step. Even Miss America is trying to modernise the way they hold a competition."