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Style Spotlight: Rihanna

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
When it comes to "It" Girls in the pop music universe, Barbadian beauty Rihanna undoubtedly tops my list. She embodies every attribute declared in my "It" Girl philosophy, and I especially love her style and fiery, fun personality. (I fully intend to make a glossy, coffee table book with her best tweets.)

When she burst onto the scene in 2005, I'm not sure anyone could have predicted what a massive star she would become. Today, she ties Janet Jackson with the most #1 singles on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, only to sit behind Mariah Carey, Madonna and Whitney Houston. That's pretty — as Rih would say — majah.

As her music has evolved, her personal style has not only transformed, but catapulted her into true fashion icon status. She has gone from baggy jeans + crop top combos and babydoll dresses to couture gowns and blazers paired with leather leggings.

Rihanna recently described her style evolution to Interview magazine: "In the beginning of my career, I didn't have a lot of input in what I wore and stuff, but it was a very, innocent, girly look. Then after we put out Good Girl Gone Bad, it kind of became a darker, edgier look, and then it got even edgier on the last album [Rated R]. And now... I like stuff that's easy without trying too hard. I don't like stuff that's too contrived."

Today, I'd best describe her style as unconventional, eclectic, polished and a perfect balance of masculine & feminine. It was difficult to narrow it down, but I've highlighted some of my favorite looks below.

No matter how her style continues to progress, one thing is for sure: she will own it!
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