Tue | Dec 1, 2020

Rihanna being sued by visually impaired woman

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty company is the subject of a lawsuit from a woman who has claimed that the firm’s website is not properly equipped for her needs.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, the customer feels that Fenty Beauty does not use industry-standard screen-reading technology, which enables blind users to interact with websites.

The woman, Beatriz Gutierrez, who is legally blind, claimed the website contains significant “access barriers” that make it impossible for her to fully interact with the store, and so goods and services are unavailable to her.

Beatriz is seeking an immediate injunction to force Fenty Beauty to adhere to the federal standards required for visually impaired customers and is also looking for damages of around US$15,000.

While Rihanna is being criticised for not being inclusive with her website, she has been working hard to ensure that her Fenty fashion line is size-inclusive.

Creative control

The 31-year-old star had complete creative control over the range and ensured that all the pieces would work for a ‘curvy’ body like her own.

She said: “We have our fit models, which is the standard size from factories, you just get your samples made in one size. But then I want to see it on my body; I want to see it on a curvy girl with thighs and a little bit of booty and hips. And now I have boobs that I never had before ... . You know, I don’t even know how to sleep sometimes. It’s challenging, so imagine getting dressed.”

Rihanna, whose collection also includes footwear and accessories such as sunglasses and jewellery, hopes that any woman will feel “confident” in her garments.

The singer said: “It’s all of these things I take into consideration because I want women to feel confident in my stuff.

“Whether it’s through fashion, lingerie, music, make-up, we try to get everybody involved and included in our brand.”