After nearly 15 years of fame and showing no signs of stopping, Robyn Rihanna Fenty — aka Rihanna, recently turned 30.
While her early pop hits were catchy and fun to dance to, who could have predicted the cute teen with the Barbadian accent would one day go on to become a fashion mogul and a fashion icon?
Rihanna first hit single “Pon de Replay” dropped in 2005 and became a song of the summer. The Caribbean influence was heavily apparent in her music, and Rihanna appeared to molded after former teen pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Low-rise jeans and crop tops ruled her wardrobe.
Rihanna was no stranger to questionable mid-aughts trends like visible panties and thongs, lingerie tops, and sparkly clothing and accessories.
Rihanna looks sweet, a bit demure and definitely on-trend in this lime green number while attending a Zac Posen fashion show.
Then came THE HAIRCUT that basically changed it all. The short, choppy do’ which became Rihanna’s signature also signified the height of her “Good Girl Gone Bad” era. During this time her music became darker and more eclectic, and her style turned edgier, yet more refined.
Rihanna makes several appearances at Paris Fashion Week and racks up more endorsements. Her stage costumes continue to push the envelope and draw comparison to Janet Jackson. Rihanna’s distinct tattoos also start making an appearance. This year marks the beginning of Rihanna’s long running presence as a fashion icon.
Rihanna officially graduates from edgy to avant garde. Couture looks and lesser known designers feature heavily in her wardrobe. She also switches up her look in a major way with fire engine red locks.
Rihanna leaves her darker looks for unique mix of quirky yet sultry fashion.
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Streetwear and streetwear-inspired looks make up a major part of Rihanna’s on and off stage style. Hoodies, destroyed denim, sports caps, beanies, and other knitwear are especially present in her off-duty style. She also goes blonde, inspiring the ongoing trend of visible roots and ombre locks. Her half-shaved was another seriously copied fashion moment.
This is officially the “anything goes” era. Rihanna keeps fans on her toes by switching it up constantly and wearing the most coveted designer looks She even manages to blend her ever-changing aesthetics in the creation of her own fashion and beauty lines.
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