Let me preface this by saying Rihanna is in no way, shape, or form the founder of #GhettoGoth. Sure, she introduced the trend to the masses, with dark lips, grunge-meets-urban wears, and sartorial nods to punk culture on her now-defunct Instagram page (we miss you, Ri)–but the subculture was first championed by underground party thrower and Hood by Air cohort DJ Venus X, who officially branded it at her first GHE20G0TH1K party in 2009. But enough with the history lesson–we still give credit to Ri for making the mainstream aware of the distinct aesthetic, even if it didn’t catch on.
While it may not work year round, it’s certainly worthy of an ode come Halloween, especially for those who curb their dark side for convention. Here’s our spin on Ri and DJ Venus X’s ghetto goth garb, and how you can piece it together for October 31.