By Rashi Wadhera
If you’re a member of her Navy – that’s what her fans are called – there isn’t much we can tell you that you don’t already know about Rihanna. As Bad Gal RiRi turns 28 this weekend, let’s look back at the year she’s had.
She’s undergone a super public transformation from her Pon de Replay days to a provocative, tattooed hip hop/RnB queen who sets her own rules.
But the last 12 months have arguably been her best yet. She kicked it off with Four Five Seconds featuring two musical greats in the form of Paul McCartney and Kanye West, THAT Met Gala dress, a bunch of beauty and business endorsements and another few cool millions. No biggie.
She found time to release her highly anticipated album, Anti, and is gearing up for a european tour. We already have tickets.
An 11-year career has amassed 54 million album sales, 13 No 1 singles, 210 million downloads and eight Grammy awards. Then there’s her social following: 3.8 million followers on Instagram, 81 million on Facebook and 56 million on Twitter – her navy is only getting stronger.
The 27-year-old’s fashion ventures continues to thrive. Appointed Creative Director for PUMA in 2014, she recently debuted her new Fenty – that’s her surname by the way – fashion line for the German sports brand.
It was a departure from PUMA’s regular active gear – think streetwear inspired by some of the looks you’re used to seeing her in.
As for other business pursuits, she co-launched a beauty and stylist agency and a photo agency called A Dog Ate My Homework. She’s also designing multiple lines of an exclusive women’s socks collection in a multi-year partnership with Stance. The Bajan made history in May last year when Parisian Fashion House Dior made her the first black woman to be the face of the label for its Secret Garden advertising campaign.
And don’t forget Tidal, the Jay-Z backed streaming service she is a co-owner of.
The only low point came when she had to cancel her Grammy 2016 performance on doctor’s orders because of an acute case of Bronchitis. She was due to sing Kiss it Better from her new album, a slow jam, missing her more popular reggae undertones, but not short on the explicit words.
But since Cockiness, and reference to her diamond matrix and golden flower, there’s not much that’ll make us raise our eyebrows.
Here’s hoping 2016 is even better. Happy Birthday RiRi.