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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Style Icon of the Month: Rihanna

Who is Rihanna? Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, this 20 year old Barbadian singer is currently signed to Def Jam Records and has sold over 9 million albums world wide. She has released 3 albums; Music of the Sun, A Girl Like Me, and Good Girl Gone Bad, the latter on which her single “Umbrella” went number one on the US Billboards Chart. In 2007, Rihanna won World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist & Entertainer of the Year at the 2007 World Music Awards, favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B at the 2007 American Music Awards. "Shut Up and Drive" won best R&B song at the 2008 People's Choice Award. "Don't Stop the Music" won best international song at the 2008 NRJ Music Awards in France. Rihanna received four Grammy Awards nominations: Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (for "Umbrella"), Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (for "Hate That I Love You") as well as Best Dance Recording (for "Don't Stop the Music"), while her album received an extra two Grammys: Song of the Year and Best R&B Song. Her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad Tour’ began in September of 2007 and she will tour Canada, the US, and Europe into 2008.

Why is she fly? When Rihanna first entered the music scene, many of us doubted her star power. When compared to the reigning R&B divas of the day, she didn’t seem to add up. Perhaps she’d sweeten the scene with a few catchy tunes, but inevitably she’d be here today and gone tomorrow like so many fallen stars before her. However, over the past two years Miss Rihanna has proven that she is more than sugar, she’s crème, having risen to the top of a competitive industry. Lets be real, this girl is surrounded by a phenomenal group of managers, producers, and stylists but regardless of how she’s accomplished her success, she has repeatedly turned out memorable club-hopping singles, incredible video treatments, electric performances, and stellar red carpet appearances. Her fans can’t get enough.

Her place as a style icon is undeniable and well-earned. In an epoch of wavy strawberry blond hair extensions and French-manicured gel tips, she has made the shaggy black bob and dark manicure fashionable. Wow! She’s a trend setter. With slightly off-beat, attention getting designs and eclectic jewelry she commands attention on the red carpet. The world is watching her every style move. No doubt, that explains her omnipresence during this past Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. She’s young, hot, and willing to stand out in a crowd. She represents fashion’s future. Rihanna proves that a fly diva defines her own style, and then works it!

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