Rihanna Sings ‘Lift Me Up,’ Rocks Bold Maternity Style at 2023 Oscars

The Fenty Beauty founder took the stage to perform her song from the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ soundtrack.


Rihanna is quickly becoming the queen of maternity wear. When she was pregnant with her first child, the nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist rocked immaculate street style and red carpet looks. Now that she’s expecting her second baby, Rihanna is giving us a repeat performance of amazing maternity fashion.

The soon-to-be mom of two attended the 95th Academy Awards champagne carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday in a stunning custom gown. RiRi wore a gorgeous sheer black Alaïa gown with a leather bra top and matching flowy skirt with cut-out detailing at the hips.

The Fenty Beauty founder paired her dazzling ensemble with a face full of makeup from her own line, including fresh-looking skin, winged eyeliner and a bold red lip. She used Fenty Icon the Fill Semi-Matte Refillable Lipstick ($20) in the maple red shade “Grill Mast’r.” Rihanna paired her bold glam with a simple and chic up-do.

The 35-year-old singer made a quick outfit change before hitting the stage to perform “Lift Me Up,” her song from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack. While the track was up for Original Song, “Naatu Naatu” from the film RRR took home the honors.

Rihanna rocked a custom outfit by Maison Margiela for her performance. She wore a black bra embellished with crystal accents, a matching pair of bedazzled pants and over-the-elbow black opera gloves.

The “Love on the Brain” singer confirmed she was expecting her second child with partner A$AP Rocky after her epic Super Bowl LVII halftime show performance last month.

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