Did Rihanna Copy Another Fashion Photographer In Her ‘You Da One’ Video?

How many lawsuits is it going to take for Rihanna to stop ripping off fashion photographers when she makes music videos? Mere months after reaching an undisclosed settlement with David LaChapelle over aping his pictures for her S&M video, there are now well-founded concerns that she mimicked Sølve Sundsbø‘s shots when she made the clip for You Da One.

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Our friends at Fashionista point out that certain scenes in the video bear more than a passing resemblance to a shoot Sundsbø did for Numero in 2008. In that shoot, he dressed model Edita Vilkeviciute in nothing but a bob and projected different shadows onto her milky white skin. In You Da One, RiRi wears what we understand is a fleshtone bodysuit with a bob and has similar shadows projected onto her body, too.

Granted this shadow play doesn’t make up the entirety of Rihanna’s video, but it is a pretty well established theme in Sundsbø’s body of work. When he shot the catalog for the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Costume Institute, he used lighting to highlight the intense detail of some of the late designer’s work. And if you Google him, you’ll find most of his work touches the interplay between light and dark.

That’s not to say the man owns shadows, but it is to say that Rihanna’s work is greatly inspired by — if not directly copied from — Sundsbø’s well-known work.

Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself, below.


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