by BREANA BACON
Since the start of her career in 2005, it seems that singer Rihanna has had little else but success and prosperity in her path. The Def Jam songstress saw instant gratification in her freshman and sophomore albums, both released within a year of each other and peaking in the top ten of the Billboard 200.
Although many were distracted from the Barbadian beauty’s talent in 2009 after her highly publicized altercation with then-beau and fellow musician Chris Brown, Rih was able to bounce right back, dropping four platinum albums in four consecutive years and starring in her first feature film, Battleship.
The singer has become one of the best-selling artists of our generation, selling over 150 million albums all over the world. Her solo tracks as well as her collaborations have proven that she is nothing less than a hit maker. She has become a style icon and her carefree attitude has won over millions of fans she affectionately calls the “Rihanna Navy.”
Along with several hit records, Rih has earned eight Grammy and American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards and rankings of the Forbes’ fourth most powerful celebrity of the year and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012. She also received the first ever Icon Award at the 2013 American Music Awards and the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in June 2014.
Rihanna’s success has only escalated, especially in the past four months.
On March 16th, French fashion label Dior confirmed that the singer had been named the face of the company and would front an element of the Dior collection, along with actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman. With the announcement, Rihanna became the first black woman to be a spokesperson for the company and explained to MTV that it was a great honor for herself and for all girls that looked like her.
“It feels fantastic. It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color. I think, to be acknowledged by Dior is just… it means a lot as a woman to feel beautiful, and elegant, and timeless.” – as reported by Vogue UK
Following the announcement, Rihanna’s new DreamWorks animated film “Home” hit theaters and instantly gained popularity. The movie earned $54 million on the weekend of its debut, in spite of the lure of March Madness and surpassed Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell’s comedy “Get Hard.”
In light of all those accomplishments, Rihanna dropped two new singles from her upcoming and long anticipated album “R8” entitled “B*tch Better Have My Money” and the March Madness theme song “American Oxygen.” The singer has also joined forces with her boss at Def Jam, Jay-Z to promote a new music streaming program called Tidal, a company which she owns an equity stake in.
With the fast paced accolades she’s accumulated, Rihanna fans are on the edge of their seats to see what the star is going to be up to next.