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It’s not like Rihanna needs an excuse to wear crystals and dye her hair blue, but today is a special occasion. It’s the official celebration of Crop Over in her hometown of Barbados, a harvest festival that is akin to Carnival, at least in terms of hard-partying and elaborate costumes. The Bad Gal hasn’t been to Crop Over since 2015, when she popped up wearing a bedazzled thong and bra top. This year, she’s gone all out to make her comeback. Riding on a float sponsored by the band Aura Experience, Rihanna came decked out in a custom beaded and feathered look by local designer Lauren Austin, who has worked with the singer on her over-the-top festival attire since 2013. “I’ve been designing Crop Over costumes for around seven years,” Austin explains. “I met Rihanna through Matthew Ashby and her brother Rorrey Fenty.” She adds, “I love how daring Rihanna is—her style is edgy and she isn’t afraid to wear whatever she wants, when she wants.”
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