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Rihanna Rocks Bantu Knots at the iHeart Music Awards

Avatar • May 2, 2014

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Rihanna cleaned up at this year’s I Heart Music Awards rocking a green lip, bantu knots and a sheer gothic lace-inspired dress.

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Some gossip blogs such as Perez Hilton have been downright snarky about the popular natural hair look, comparing it to Uzo Aduba’s character, “Crazy Eyes,” on the hit series Orange is the New Black. Don’t they know black women have been about this life? Before Netflix! Before DVDs were a thing! Bantu Knots were poppin’ back when we had to use dial-up to connect to the internet.

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Ironically, Rihanna accepts her award from Mel B, member of legendary 90s Pop group the Spice Girls who also donned Bantu knots back in the day.

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Other celebs such as Kelly Osbourne rocked bantu knots last year.  So what’s the big deal?

What do you think of the look?

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Knotty Natural
6 years ago

Love it! I also noticed that she appears to have a head full of hair (undamaged by the weaves and wigs she wears) and edges! YES RiRi!

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago
Reply to  Knotty Natural

I guess because I work with Adobe photoshop, etc. I see a little touch up around the center front edge. This could be a photo touch up or otherwise it’s black wax. With that said, overall hair and all she looks great and happy.

Yes Bantu knots have been around a long time.

Jamz
Jamz
6 years ago
Reply to  Deedeemaha

Yes, I was thinking her edges look filled in or drawn on…but I love the Bantu knots tho! Esp how they did the parts

May
May
6 years ago
Reply to  Jamz

Rather than drawn, they seem to have sleeked them forward, when I saw a closer picture

Knotty Natural
6 years ago
Reply to  May

I agree with your assessment; her edges are sleeked down, rather than drawn on. I can’t imagine she has a full head of healthy hair and would need to draw on edges.

Prim
Prim
6 years ago
Reply to  Knotty Natural

She’s had her edges touched up/ drawn in with black wax or an eyeliner pencil can produce same effect. In fact viewing her front image its easy to see hairline looks strangely unnatural.

April M
April M
6 years ago

I like this look. I always love Rihanna style. She always dare to be different.

Jane
Jane
6 years ago

I actually really like this entire look, although maybe not for an everyday type thing. I’ve rocked bantu knots occasionally but I never really dress them up for a night out.

Bibi
Bibi
6 years ago

it’s actually cute + the parts are crazy neat …
**Waits patiently for black twitter to call this hairstyle “ratchet”**

lauryn
lauryn
6 years ago
Reply to  Bibi

Those parts better be neat! I’m sure her hair stylist got paid well to do them…

lablooplah
lablooplah
6 years ago

as a catholic, i disdain people wearing a rosary for ornamental or edgy purposes. I know it’s a “goth look” but knowing the meaning behind the rosary and what it means to me just annoys me every-time i see someone wearing it like that.

lablooplah
lablooplah
6 years ago
Reply to  lablooplah

i meant to say i dont like it when people… not i disdain people who… (so tired i’ve been typing so many essays in a row)

Yasmina
Yasmina
6 years ago
Reply to  lablooplah

Where’s the rosary in the bible? .. I’ll wait.

Briana Hicks
Briana Hicks
6 years ago
Reply to  Yasmina

The rosary isn’t a biblical thing- especially considering that most of the Bible is Jewish in origin, and Catholicism in the broadest sense originated after the books of the old testament had already been written. It is still an important and sacred part of the Catholic tradition.

Sabi
Sabi
6 years ago
Reply to  Yasmina

ROFL…

Some of these “religious” folks need to go worry about their sinning ways, I.E. the fact that most of ya’ll have no business wearing Rosary beads, or even white on your wedding day…instead of getting bent out of shape over something that isn’t even mentioned in the bible. Worried about the wrong things.

lablooplah
lablooplah
6 years ago
Reply to  Yasmina

I’m not here for theological debates although I’ve learnt enough about church history from my 4 years in a catholic college. Just have some respect and move on for crying out loud. Try being mature.

HeavnsGirl
HeavnsGirl
6 years ago
Reply to  Yasmina

@Yasmina — What does that have to do with anything? It’s still a religious symbol — are you not aware of that”

@Lablooplah — I don’t like crucifixes on clothing, so I feel you. And I’m not catholic — I just think it’s disrespectful.

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago
Reply to  HeavnsGirl

I’m nowhere near religious, and I side with lablooplah and HeavnsGirl. I just feel like wearing a crucifix in that manner outside of church is kinda.…tacky.

Phoxxie
Phoxxie
6 years ago
Reply to  lablooplah

I dont see how it all matters anyway. Jesus didnt perform miracles. He was made up.

iamnotasian
iamnotasian
6 years ago
Reply to  Phoxxie

@Phoxxie, and this is a Sunday too!

Puff
6 years ago

I’m feeling Rihanna’s metallic dark green lipstick. It’s unique and interesting! Mel B was and is gorgeous!

sara
sara
6 years ago

i love bantu knots. they suit rihanna a lot

Kerri
Kerri
6 years ago

I personally don’t like the idea of bantu knots (or chiney bump as my mom always says) as a going out style. Back in Jamaica, the only time I wore chiney bumps out in public was after my mom washed my hair, preparing it for braiding. I HATED walking down the street with my hair like that to the hairdresser.

However, Rihanna is a woman who can pretty much rock anything, so good for her.…BUT it’s definitely not something I ever plan on recreating. The green lipstick though?? I’m definitely game for that.

that girl
that girl
6 years ago
Reply to  Kerri

heeyy fellow Jamaican, i know that feel, i also hated it and whenever i was sleepy, to lie down on that was heeellllll.

Westy
Westy
6 years ago
Reply to  that girl

Trinidadian here and it was the same thing…lol. You were getting your hair ready for styling, not that it was a style itself! Go Windies!! Lol

Anon87
Anon87
6 years ago
Reply to  Kerri

Yes! When I was younger, we felt a lil embarrassed wearing chiney bumps in public. It was seen as more of a ‘protective style’ or something your mum did at home until she was ready to actually ‘style’ the hair lol. Sidenote, I’d never even heard of the term Bantu knots until I went natural lol.

Jae
Jae
6 years ago

Love RiRi, love natural hairstyles. However, this is not one of my favorite looks on her. Her style is on point most of the time, but the whole ensemble seems overdone. A hairstyle like that may benefit more from simplicity in the outfit and jewelry because it draws attention to the face.

Queen
Queen
6 years ago

I saw Mel B. with Bantu knots when I was about 9 years old and I begged my mom to do them for me 🙂 She did! I loved them, and I thought it was so cool for Rihanna to wear then out.

imani
imani
6 years ago

I never liked Perez Hilton! he was always talking trash about people even when he was fat& A nobody trying to come up in the world of Media Entertainment. He is always talking about celebrity lives, their careers, just passing judgement on their talent, speculating on their personal lives, spreading rumors and just in general being a nasty person. Then he went and lost weigh& acted like he was now the s***!! he is just a talentless glorified “mean girl” with any a media platform to spread his negativity and garbage into the already shallow world of entertainment. what could… Read more »

mer-pal
mer-pal
6 years ago

Why do people listen to Perez Hilton? Not being snarky, I’m just honestly curious. I just don’t get why his blog is something people care about.

Alisa
Alisa
6 years ago

I’m not a Rihanna fan by any means, but I love the Bantu Knots! I was just thinking of ways to rock Bantu Knots in public the other day, because I rarely see them worn outside as a hairstyle anymore, just inside the house as preparation for a “Bantu Knot Out”.

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

I must say that the bantu knots really match her dress and the whole theme that she was going for and …i also rock bantu knots as a hairstyle too! Shout out, Hey RiRi!

Shamenth
6 years ago

lo pondría para hacer rizos pero no llevarlo así, horror

starstar
6 years ago

I think this is great, and daring. She should next try a bantu knot twist out look — that would be fierce.

Aly
Aly
6 years ago

I don’t usually like bantu knots as a going out style themselves but it definitely worked with her look!

JAgirl
JAgirl
6 years ago

In the photo showing the Bantu Knots from behind it looks like she has flakes in her hair. Love the overall look. love how daring she is with fashion.

Kenyetta
Kenyetta
6 years ago

Not feeling this look. I haven’t seen very many people who are able to pull off wearing Bantu Knots as a style. Rihanna’s gorgeous as always, but this was a fail except at getting attention. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the point.

Naturally Lovely
Naturally Lovely
6 years ago

Mel B was cute. I used to love the Spice Girls.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown
6 years ago

Bantu Knots, China Bumps, Chini Knots, Chini Bumps .… whatever people call them Black men and women have been doing them for millennia!! Just like Cane Rows, Corn Rows and Dreadlocks the style is part of our identity. Some women wear them out and they do draw attention from the ignorant amongst us, but I think she looks beautiful regardless. If people don’t like it switch off and comment on something that as a greater impact on ‘us’ like the 200+ school girls who were missing in Africa; stolen from their village by rebels for god knows what!! xxx jb

Greer
Greer
6 years ago

I think Mel B rocked them better. I think Bantu knots being associated with a ‘Goth style’ isn’t correct.(it isn’t gothic at all) Not saying Rihanna looks bad but the over all look isn’t my thing. However Pérez Hilton need to take a seat. Why do people listen or read what his no talented behind has to say.

Mango
Mango
6 years ago

For once I like — I remember when my mum used to put my hair in bantu knots aka ‘china bumps’ as a child — I used to cringe in horror but compliments came nonetheless which made me feel less bad. I think its great that a popular figure is actually wearing an age old style as a hairstyle and not as a setting style (bantu knot out). I haven’t been brave enough to don the style myself lately and from memory bantu knots are not the easiest thing to sleep on … maybe one day I will … maybe

Nappy 4C Rocks
Nappy 4C Rocks
6 years ago

Oh my look at Scary Spice! Scary Spice hair, face and body looks WAAY better than RiRi…Even 20 years later Mel B is still killing it…

kenyattaaarif
kenyattaaarif
6 years ago

I love them! I rock them all the time and have been for at least 10 years,I have to scream out a correction just like cornrows were not invented or popularized to anyone but white people by Bo Derek bantu knots were not popularized by Gwen Stafani or Miley Cyrus black women have been wearing them for years.

chinamountain
chinamountain
6 years ago

Cute. Fits the occasion.

ema
ema
6 years ago

OMG Rihanna looks so cute with them bantu knots. I love everything about her outfit <3

Aliyah
Aliyah
6 years ago

I love them I’m not a fan of Rihanna but Perez Hilton is cruel . He has nothing to do with his life but talk trash and gossip about celebrities!

reece
reece
6 years ago

The 90s are back

Sherida | Coconut + Cream

I’m just gonna say, I adore Rihanna.
This look was super cute on her,
but then again she looks good in anything!

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