Conservative Chic

20131020-161609.jpg It's another day here on Earth, and of course that means Rihanna has given us something to talk about. However, in a break with tradition, this time we're discussing how much clothes our girl Riri had on.

Riri's in Abu Dhabi, and while there, her photographers, Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leopuld, shot a stunning series of photos of her posing in front of the world's largest mosque, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. In the pics, Ri appears conservatively covered from head-scarf to jumpsuited toe.

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20131020-162556.jpg It's Rihanna of course, and wherever she goes she draws controversy. The pictures are undeniably beautiful and while she's receiving praise for respecting cultural requirements, some see it as disrespectful to take glamourous style snaps outside the sacred site to begin with.

Whenever Rihanna posts a picture it zooms out to her 10 million plus Instagram followers and always causes a stir. However, one only need look to the effortlessly elegant style of Sheikha Mozah of Qatar, or one of the Middle East's more modern style setters like Ascia Al-Faraj (below, a master in layering, turbans and a strong brow) whose unique takes on conservative values help us all over the world understand that embracing conservative traditional mores doesn't mean abandoning personal style.

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Picture Credits: Rihanna Instagram, Ascia AKF Instagram