This is why Kani Kusruti wore Rihanna's all-gender red lipstick to Kerala State Film Award ceremony

Kani received the award wearing 'Stunna' -- the bright red lipstick brought out by actor-singer Rihanna's cosmetic brand Fenty Beauty. Read here how that's an act of rebellion.
Kani received the award wearing 'Stunna' -- the bright red lipstick brought out by actor-singer Rihanna's cosmetic brand Fenty Beauty. Read here how that's an act of rebellion. (Photos | Facebook, AFP)
Kani received the award wearing 'Stunna' -- the bright red lipstick brought out by actor-singer Rihanna's cosmetic brand Fenty Beauty. Read here how that's an act of rebellion. (Photos | Facebook, AFP)
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Kani Kusruti won the 50th Kerala State Film Award for the best female actor for her performance in Sajin Babu-directed 'Biriyaani'. The 35-year-old actor, known for her strong political stands, used the award ceremony to send another message to the public. (Photo | BP Deepu, EPS)
Kani Kusruti won the 50th Kerala State Film Award for the best female actor for her performance in Sajin Babu-directed 'Biriyaani'. The 35-year-old actor, known for her strong political stands, used the award ceremony to send another message to the public. (Photo | BP Deepu, EPS)
Kani received the award wearing 'Stunna' -- the bright red lipstick brought out by actor-singer Rihanna's cosmetic brand Fenty Beauty. (Photos | Facebook, AFP)
Kani received the award wearing 'Stunna' -- the bright red lipstick brought out by actor-singer Rihanna's cosmetic brand Fenty Beauty. (Photos | Facebook, AFP)
But how can wearing lipstick of particular brand be a political act? Well, Barbadian Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017 for the inclusion of all skin tones in cosmetics offerings. The brand is popular for its broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender. (Photo | AFP)
But how can wearing lipstick of particular brand be a political act? Well, Barbadian Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017 for the inclusion of all skin tones in cosmetics offerings. The brand is popular for its broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender. (Photo | AFP)
According to the company’s website, Fenty Beauty was found so that women everywhere (belonging to various skin tones) could be included and the void in the beauty industry for products that works on all skin tones can be filled. (Photo | AFP)
According to the company’s website, Fenty Beauty was found so that women everywhere (belonging to various skin tones) could be included and the void in the beauty industry for products that works on all skin tones can be filled. (Photo | AFP)
According to Buzzfeed, Fenty Beauty echoes Volupté’s wild Hussy in its marketing campaign for Stunna. Its ads, featuring models of different skin tones traipsing around New York City with irreverent attitudes, spurred a fanbase led by black women who were drawn to the campaign’s emphasis on a body part society deemed shameful. (Photo | AFP)
According to Buzzfeed, Fenty Beauty echoes Volupté’s wild Hussy in its marketing campaign for Stunna. Its ads, featuring models of different skin tones traipsing around New York City with irreverent attitudes, spurred a fanbase led by black women who were drawn to the campaign’s emphasis on a body part society deemed shameful. (Photo | AFP)
But what point was Kani trying to prove by wearing it to the function?: Sharing photos from the function on Facebook, Kani briefed how using Stunna becomes an act of rebellion. She wrote wearing Rihanna's red lipstick is a direct response to the Malayali question 'Ayye, why you wearing lipstick?' and various taboos and bias attached to it. (Photo | Kani Kusruti Faceebook)
But what point was Kani trying to prove by wearing it to the function?: Sharing photos from the function on Facebook, Kani briefed how using Stunna becomes an act of rebellion. She wrote wearing Rihanna's red lipstick is a direct response to the Malayali question 'Ayye, why you wearing lipstick?' and various taboos and bias attached to it. (Photo | Kani Kusruti Faceebook)
Kani Kusruti's Facebook post.
Kani Kusruti's Facebook post.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday presented the 2019 Kerala State Film Awards and the JC Daniel Award at a function at Thiruvananthapuram. (Photo | Kani Kusruti Faceebook)
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday presented the 2019 Kerala State Film Awards and the JC Daniel Award at a function at Thiruvananthapuram. (Photo | Kani Kusruti Faceebook)
Kani Kusruti was adjudged best actress in the BRICS competition at the 42nd Moscow Film Festival. Biryaani was one of the two Malayalam movies that contested in the BRICS competition this time. The jury announced five awards in total, which include Best actor, actress, film, director and jury prize.
Kani Kusruti was adjudged best actress in the BRICS competition at the 42nd Moscow Film Festival. Biryaani was one of the two Malayalam movies that contested in the BRICS competition this time. The jury announced five awards in total, which include Best actor, actress, film, director and jury prize.
Kani had earlier won second Best Actress at the Imagine Film Festival in Madrid, Spain for the film. Besides, Biriyaani won the NETPAC Award for Best Film last year at the Asiatica Festival in Rome, Italy.
Kani had earlier won second Best Actress at the Imagine Film Festival in Madrid, Spain for the film. Besides, Biriyaani won the NETPAC Award for Best Film last year at the Asiatica Festival in Rome, Italy.
Biriyaani revolves around a woman Khadeeja (Kani) and her mother (Shailaja Jala) forced to leave their home and village due to unforeseen circumstances, and their subsequent journey.
Biriyaani revolves around a woman Khadeeja (Kani) and her mother (Shailaja Jala) forced to leave their home and village due to unforeseen circumstances, and their subsequent journey.

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