Rihanna’s fragrance ad gets censored

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Oh dear… the print ad for Rihanna’s debut fragrance, Reb’l Fleur, has been censored in Kuwait.

rihanna censored ad
In the original ad, RiRi flashes a little flesh in a satin gown… in the version that’s appearing in Kuwait, its been closed up thanks to a little Photoshop.

We’re assuming her tum tum was a little too much for the conservative Muslim state…

Anyhoo, if you’re yet to smell Reb’l Fleur, do yourself a favour and give it a go. Its one of those rare celeb perfumes that’s actually worth a sniff and has been flying off the shelves in the states.

rebl fleur
The fragrance’s name was inspired by a nickname Rihanna’s gran gave her, ‘rebel flower’.

It opens with a blend of juicy fruits and berries (think peaches and plums) before the Island-inspired heart notes pop up – Hawaiian hibiscus, violet, tuberose and coconut water. The sexy base notes include vanilla, patchouli and musk.

What I like about the warm, fruity scent is that coconut contingent is very subtle and creamy-smelling, so you won’t end up running around smelling like a pina colada. Also, unlike other celeb scents, it doesn’t smell ‘cheap’ and actually reminds me a bit of other fragrances I like, namely Victor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb and Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million. It’s also got great staying power. Overall, this is a bold, attention-nabbing scent that would be ideally suited to either a cold winter’s day or a hot summer’s night when you want to feel feminine yet unashamedly ‘zexy’.

My only gripe is the bottle. Inspired by the shape of a high heel, there are many who think it’s super-cute, but I’m just not feeling it. Still, as the juice itself smells so good, I’m happy to overlook the packaging.

Now check out her scent’s TV commercial. I love its dreamy, whimsical Secret Garden/Alice Through the Looking Glass feel. And RiRi looks absolutely gorgeous – even if it does seem as though her boobs are going to fall out of her rokkie… Clearly it’s not screening in Kuwait…


Next time you’re in Edgars, Stuttafords, Truworths or Foschini go give it a bash. (A 50ml EDT will set you back R450).

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Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger (LipGlossIsMyLife.com). She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Never knew she had a fragrance out. Must go check it out!

    7 years ago •

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