Rachel Roy Was the Most Googled Designer of 2016
Beyonce's "Becky with the good hair" lyrics may have led to her popularity (or lack thereof).
Rachel Roy was the talk of the internet after Beyonce released her visual album, Lemonade, in April, with the song "Sorry" featuring the lyrics, "He only want me when I’m not on there / He better call Becky with the good hair." Roy later posted a now-deleted Instagram with the caption: "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens," causing speculation that she was responding to the lyrics. Of course, the Beyhive came to their Queen's defense, posting a mix of lemon and bee emojis in the comments.
It's no wonder then that Los Angeles-based Roy became the most Googled designer of the year. The search engine on Wednesday revealed this year's most Googled topics, including the top 10 most-searched-for Oscar gowns and selfies.
Although Roy canceled a number of public appearances following what she said had "no validity to the idea that the song references me personally," the designer seems to have returned to her normal schedule of speaking on panels and attending evening fashion soirees.
Other designers who were Googled often this year included The Row's Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (No. 2), shoe designer Angela Simmons (daughter of Joseph Simmons, a.k.a. Rev. Run of Run DMC, at No. 3), Zendaya (No. 4) and Kendall and Kylie Jenner (No. 5).
As if Kylie wasn't busy enough working on building her beauty empire and Kendall jet-setting around the world for modeling gigs, the Jenners launched their namesake ready-to-wear line earlier this year, which has now expanded to handbags and swimwear. They also opened a pop-up shop at New York Fashion Week. Zendaya also entered the fashion design world, launching Daya by Zendaya with pop-up shops in three different cities on the same day in November.
The list was rounded out by Beyonce (No. 6), who launched her athleisure Ivy Park line with Topshop; Indian designer Anita Dongre (No. 7), whose site crashed after Kate Middleton wore one of her bohemian dresses; Sonia Rykiel (No. 8), a French designer who died at age 86 from Parkinson's disease in August; Ivanka Trump (No. 9), who has come under fire a few times for using her family's political appearance as a marketing opportunity to promote her own brand; and Kanye West (No. 10), who got backlash for his fashion show at September's New York Fashion Week for his "multi-racial" casting call and the fainting models during the outdoor presentation.