FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson are so good together. When news of their relationship first hit the intewebs Twilight fans went apeshit because Pattinson was dating a hot black girl and started called Twigs all sorts and kinds of racist ridiculousness, because what else is there to do on the internet.
Then a few weeks ago news broke that Robert Pattinson reportedly didn’t ask for a prenup in his upcoming marriage to FKA Twigs, which may or may not be true. Anyway, no prenup is no big deal, right? Well, not for Wendy Williams, who made the prenup “story” one of the hot topics on her show. Wendy criticized their 6-month relationship and painted Twigs as a girl who was there to steal the fortune of an A (or really A-) list celebrity.
Most of the articles focusing on FKA Twigs and RPatz highlight that she grew up poor — and I love that she grew up without privilege — and position her as the lesser person in their relationship. He needs to “guard” his $100 million dollar fortune because she is a moocher who is half black and might rob him blind.
The man brings home the money. The woman is just looking to marry “up.”
This whole conversation is tired and offensive because it posits Twigs as a leach and RPatz as the saint. FKA Twigs is fabulous because she is interesting. When I look at pictures of them together I imagine that RPatz must be getting his entire life with her. Child, she took him to a vogue ball after they went to the Costume Institute Gala this year, and that wasn’t his first time going to one with her, either!
Twigs, who incorporates voguing into her performance practice, goes to a number of balls, and it’s fascinating to imagine RPatz sitting in the audience with his $100 million dollar self watching these LGBTQ people of color express themselves. Had he even heard about voguing before let alone ever imagined he’d be at a vogue ball? It’s beautiful to think how he’s growing by experiencing the things that inspire creativity in his financée.
She’s the one in the relationship with the most artistic relevance and who brings the most interesting things to the table. She’s on billboards. She’s selling albums and going on tour. She’s an artist, an important relatively underground musician who sits at the razor sharp edge of the art world and the music industry, bridging the gap between electronic music, theatrics, and just general weirdness. FKA Twigs is the future. She’s not some nobody looking for a free ride, and to think otherwise is both racist and sexist.
She put it best herself in an interview with Dazed and Confused:
Half of my life I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m funny-looking and ugly. The other half of my life I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m fascinating.