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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Style Spotlight: Rihanna

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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