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She’s been toasted as one of the best-dressed women of our time, but not everyone was a fan of Rihanna’s latest get-up.
After RiRi arrived at last week’s Dior Cruise show in a calf-length fur coat, which she paired with a black hat and blue jeans (all from the Dior Cruise collection), the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spoke out against her outerwear choice, sending her a faux fur coat enclosed with a letter in which they encouraged the singer to consider donating her real furs.
“We saw the numerous comments from fans who were disappointed to see you wearing fur at the Dior event last week,” reads the letter penned by PETA’s senior communications manager, Andrew Bernstein. “Like us, they wish you would please retire your furs and instead choose a look that kills but doesn’t actually kill anyone.”
The letter goes on to detail the negative effects of the fur industry on the environment, in addition to the “tremendous amounts of pain and suffering” that befalls the affected animals. In their request that the pop star donate her fur collection, PETA quotes Rihanna’s recent Harvard Humanitarian Award, which she received for the work of her charity, The Clara Lionel Foundation.
“Your donated furs would go to good use,” writes Bernstein. “In the past, we’ve sent furs to Syrian refugees and to homeless shelters, which has an impact on ‘as many lives as possible in a positive way,’ as you said so eloquently in your Harvard Humanitarian Award acceptance speech.”
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