How Lizzo and Cardi B are reclaiming classical design for Black women

It isn’t often that a pop star releases a music video that aligns so well with my academic research.

But that’s exactly what Lizzo did with her new song, “Rumors.” In the video, she and Cardi B dress in Grecian goddess-inspired dresses, dance in front of classically inspired statuary, wear headdresses that evoke caryatids, and transform into Grecian vases.

They’re adding their own twist to what’s called the classical tradition, a style rooted in the aesthetics of ancient Greece and Rome, and they’re only the most recent Black women artists to do so.


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