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The rise of Rihanna

The award-winning singer and style icon is a force in pop music.

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Image: 2014 Anna Wintour Costume Center Gala Benefit

The rise of Rihanna

epa04192896 Barbadian singer Rihanna arrives for the 2014 Anna Wintour Costume Center Gala held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, USA, 05 May 2014. The Costume Institute's new Anna Wintour Costume Center opens on 08 May with the exhibition 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion.' EPA/JUSTIN LANE
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Sheer envy

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Recording artist Rihanna in the audience at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. iHeartRadio Music Awards are being broadcast live on NBC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
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Giving the boot

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Singer Rihanna poses in front of the Eiffel tower on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
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I see France

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Crop to it

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Singer Rihanna is seen outside Da Silvano in Soho on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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Thigh high

Rihanna arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Dynamic duo

Eminem, left, and Rihanna perform on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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Image: Singer Rihanna poses before the German designer Karl Lagerfeld Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection show for French fashion house Chanel during Paris Fashion Week

Purple reign

Singer Rihanna (L) poses for journalists after the German designer Karl Lagerfeld Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection show for French fashion house Chanel during Paris Fashion Week March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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A family affair

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01: Rihanna (R) and her brother Rajad Fenty attend a basketball game between the Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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Singing her heart out

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Start your engines

Rihanna, right, performs on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, on the sidelines of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix race weekend in Singapore.(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
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Madame Tussauds New York Unveils Never Before Seen Rihanna Wax Figure At Famed SoHo Tattoo Parlor

Spitting image

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Tattoo artist Jessica V. poses with never before seen Madame Tussauds New York wax figure of singer Rihanna as it is unveiled at famed SOHO tattoo parlor Sacred Tattoo on on July 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)
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Chanel: Front Row - Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture F/W 2013-2014

Fashion plate

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 02: Rihanna attends the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Lady in red

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Rihanna arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Shipshape

Rihanna, a cast member in the film "Battleship," walks the carpet at the American premiere of the film, Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Los Angeles. The film is released in theaters on May 18. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(L-R) Rihanna arrives for the premiere of "Battleship," May, 10, 2012 at the NOKIA Theatre at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.    AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages) LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Singer Rihanna arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Singer Rihanna poses at the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Jackson 'THE IMMORTAL' World Tour at Staples Center on January 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27:  Singer Rihanna performs on NBC's "Today" in Rockefeller Plaza on May 27, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

The hair apparent

(L-R) Rihanna arrives for the premiere of "Battleship," May, 10, 2012 at the NOKIA Theatre at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages) LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Rihanna arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Singer Rihanna poses at the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Jackson 'THE IMMORTAL' World Tour at Staples Center on January 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Singer Rihanna performs on NBC's "Today" in Rockefeller Plaza on May 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Rihanna star as Raikes in Universal Pictures' Battleship.

Gunning for an acting career

Rihanna star as Raikes in Universal Pictures' Battleship.
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Backless in black

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Rihanna attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Image: 2012 Coachella Music Festival - Day 3

Shoulders above

INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Singer Rihanna in the audience during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
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The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Backstage And Audience

Pop pals

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singers Rihanna and Katy Perry in the audience at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
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Rihanna Makes A Personal Appearance To Launch Her New Scent 'Reb'l Fleur'

Good business scents

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Rihanna launches her new scent 'Reb'l Fleur' at House of Fraser on August 19, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
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Image: Singer Rihanna performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York

Rihanna on the plaza

Singer Rihanna performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York, May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Now is the time when we dance

OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 10: Rihanna performs during the German TV Show 'Popstars You & I' final at the Koenigspilsener Arena on December 10, 2009 in Oberhausen, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
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Less is more

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Image: Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles

Awards night

Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
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Image: Candids: November 23, 2009

R you intrigued?

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Rihanna poses for photos at Best Buy on November 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
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Image: Rihanna Launches Nokia X6 - Inside

She sparkles

LONDON - NOVEMBER 16: EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED Rihanna attends the Nokia X6 launch and Rihanna birthday celebrations at Mahiki nightclub, Mayfair on November 16, 2009 in London. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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Glamour girl

Singer Rihanna speaks after being named one of Glamour magazine's 2009 Women of the Year during an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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Image: Diane sawyer, Rihanna

Opening up

In this publicity image released by ABC, Diane Sawyer, left, interviews singer Rihanna about her relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in New York. The interview aired on the morning program "Good Morning America," Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, and will also air Friday on the prime time news program "20/20". (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)
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High style

PARIS - OCTOBER 06: Rihanna attends Chanel Pret a Porter show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 at Grand Palais on October 6, 2009 in Paris, France. (Photo by Eric Ryan/Getty Images)
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Bask in the 'Inglourious'

epa01804308 Barbadian singer Rihanna arrives for the premiere of the film 'Inglourious Basterds' in London, Britain, 23 July 2009. The movie by US director Quentin Tarantino tells the story of a group of Jewish-American soldiers in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. EPA/FRANTZESCO KANGARIS .
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Lawyer Donald Etra (L) stands with singer Rihanna inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the hearing in the Chris Brown felony assault case on June 22, 2009. R&B singer Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and will be sentenced to 180 days of community labor for the attack, lawyers said June 22, 2009          

Singer Chris Brown inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the hearing in his felony assault case, against Rihanna, on June 22, 2009.   R&B singer Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and will be sentenced to 180 days of community labor for the attack, lawyers said June 22, 2009

Day in court

Lawyer Donald Etra (L) stands with singer Rihanna inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the hearing in the Chris Brown felony assault case on June 22, 2009. R&B singer Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and will be sentenced to 180 days of community labor for the attack, lawyers said June 22, 2009 Singer Chris Brown inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the hearing in his felony assault case, against Rihanna, on June 22, 2009. R&B singer Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and will be sentenced to 180 days of community labor for the attack, lawyers said June 22, 2009
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Image: Singer Rihanna sits courtside during Game 4 of NBA Finals basketball game in Orlando

Another court

Singer Rihanna sits courtside during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando, Florida June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
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"The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Well suited

NEW YORK - MAY 04: Singer Rihanna attends "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rihanna
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Image: File photo of musicians Chris Brown and Rihanna during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York

Happier times

Musicians Chris Brown and Rihanna perform during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York in this December 13, 2008 file photo. Brown, 19, one of the fastest rising stars of the last two years, was freed on $50,000 bail on February 9, 2009 as rumors swirled over what happened between the pop couple that caused them both to pull out of Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony at short notice. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files (UNITED STATES)
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2008 American Music Awards - Red Carpet

Bright lights, big city

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2008 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AMA) *** Local Caption *** Rihanna
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Image: Frida Giannini, Madonna, Rihanna

Stylish pals

From left, Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Madonna and Rihanna attend a Gucci UNICEF dinner at The Oak Room at the Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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Conde Nast Media Group's Fifth Anniversary Of Fashion Rocks - Show

Rock 'n' rollers

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Singers Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield and Nicole Scherzinger perform on stage during the Conde Nast Media Group's Fifth Annual Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall on September 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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H&M, Youth AIDS & Rihanna Launch The Fashion Against AIDS Collection

H&M and R

NEW YORK - JANUARY 31: Singer Rihanna signs autographs at H&M for the launch of Fashion Against AIDS Collection on January 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rihanna
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Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards - Show

Avoiding the slime

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Singer Rihanna and actor Brendan Fraser perform on stage during Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on March 29, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
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2007 American Music Awards - Show

Pumped

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Rihanna accepts the Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist award during the 2007 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live November 18, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Barbados-born singer Rihanna (C) perform

Step to it

Barbados-born singer Rihanna (C) performs during the first concert of her German tour 13 November 2007 in Munich, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO DDP/CLEMENS BILAN GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read CLEMENS BILAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rihanna performs "Umbrella" at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas September 9, 2007. Rihanna won the award for Monster Single of the Year for the song

Out of the box

Singer Rihanna performs "Umbrella" at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas September 9, 2007. Rihanna won the award for Monster Single of the Year for the song. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
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R&B artist Rihanna poses with Canadian i

What a pair

R&B artist Rihanna poses with Canadian identical-twin designers Dean and Dan Caten during fashion house Dsquared2 show of the Milan ready-to-wear fashion shows, 27 September 2007. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Recording artists Chris Brown and Kanye West laugh with Rihanna during a Video Music Awards nomination special "TRL" show at the MTV studios in New York

R&B buds

Recording artists Chris Brown (L) and Kanye West (C) laugh with Rihanna during a Video Music Awards nomination special "TRL" show at the MTV studios in New York August 7, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
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Rihanna Named 2007 Venus Breeze "Celebrity Legs Of A Goddess"

She's got a leg up

NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Singer Rihanna poses as she is named 2007 Venus Breeze "Celebrity Legs Of A Goddess" at the Metropolitan Pavilion June 8, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rihanna
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Her day

Rihanna performs on the NBC "Today" television program, in New York's Rockefeller Center, Friday June 8, 2007. Her song "Umbrella" is on top of the charts this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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2006 Billboard Music Awards - Press Room

One of many awards

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 04: Singer Rihanna poses in the press room with her Female Artist of the Year Award at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 4, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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MSN Hosts Rihanna In Concert In Barbados

Just like her

ST. MICHAEL, BARBADOS - APRIL 22: Rihanna poses for a portrait before a party to celebrate the release of her new album "A Girl Like Me" on April 22, 2006 in her hometown of St. Michael, Barbados. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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2005 US Open - Arthur Ashe Kids Day

Tennis, anyone?

on Arthur Ashe Kids Day before the start of the 2005 US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on August 26, 2005 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York.
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Jay - Z hosts The Teen People Listening Lounge

Have a listen

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 14: (L to R) Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo (L), Def Jam president and CEO Shawn "Jay - Z" Carter and Roc-A-Fella recording artists Teairra Mari and Rihanna appear onstage at the Teen People Listening Lounge hosted by Jay - Z at the Key Club on July 14, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jay - Z;Ne-Yo;Teairra Mari;Rihanna
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