First of all: everyone is terrible. Second of all, these kids might be kinda annoyed that these two famous women jacked their style, but is that annoyance valid? After all, their “style” appears to be a cocktail of stuff they jacked from other places. “But we put it together first!” I bet they are tweeting (in all caps, likely misspelled). (I’d also like to do an informal poll to see if any of them have ever illegally downloaded songs by either Azealia Banks or Rihanna, but that’s a post for another day.)
Basically, this should be a lesson to any “underground” artist, whether they put their art on a wall or on the internet: your work is up for grabs. That’s how we do things now. Everything is inspired by something else! Sometimes it’s an homage, and sometimes it’s deliberate theft. I have a feeling that there are other factors in how Rihanna and Banks discovered this certain aesthetic. I’m willing to believe Banks found it herself, whereas Rihanna probably had the benefit of label creatives who were like, “You know what the kids are digging these days? Mermaids and the year 2000.”
I hope this incites some angry giffing.