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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Rihanna feels the burn: singer criticised for 'orientalism' over make-up  

Fenty Beauty has shades that complement many skin tones, but the fact that the Moroccan Spice palette failed to actually use a model from Morocco has caused a stir

The shades in the Moroccan Spice palette have names like Souq it 2 Me, Nuts n Dates, and Shisha Smoke Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty
The shades in the Moroccan Spice palette have names like Souq it 2 Me, Nuts n Dates, and Shisha Smoke Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty

The advertising campaign around a new eyeshadow palette, Moroccan Spice, released by Rihanna's brand Fenty Beauty, has drawn criticism on the internet for not featuring any Moroccan models, and has been labelled by some as orientalist.

The shades, with names such as Souq it 2 Me, Nuts n Dates, and Shisha Smoke, are glittery earthy tones.

The 30-second advert features six models in a desert setting, with "Arabian" music playing in the background. In one of the shots, two of the models lead a camel through the arid landscape. Although Fenty Beauty has been praised for providing a wide variety of shades that complement many different skin tones, the fact that the palette claimed to be inspired by Morocco, but failed to actually use a model from the country has caused a stir.

Here are some of the reactions to the advertisement from social media users:

The palette is available from Sephora for Dh260.

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