Garnering nearly 70 million views on the YouTube in just a week, Brazilian pop star Anitta’s new song ‘Vai Malandra’ is an international hit. The video, shot by fashion photographer Terry Richardson, is an unabashed celebration of a sexually aggressive favela style. Anitta doesn’t touch up her cellulite, nor do the women in the video conform to idealised body types. But Anitta has had to respond to criticism about her use of Richardson, long known for his abuse of models and dropped by Conde Nast in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. She has also been accused of appropriation, of adopting black Brazilian style when it suits her. Anitta is from a favela and, as she says, nobody in Brazil is “totally white”. Her brazenness is impressive and powerful.