Barbadian singer, model, and beauty queen
Rihanna is a Barbadian R&B recording artist and model. Rihanna pursued a career in recording under the guidance of Evan Rogers at the age of 16. She later signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings. Rihanna's debut album Music of the Sun was released in 2005. Her second album A Girl Like Me was released in less than a year in 2006. Her third album Good Girl Gone Bad was released in 2007 and was nominated for nine Grammy Awards. Rihanna's fourth album Rated R was released in November 2009. She serves as one of Barbados's honorary cultural ambassadors. Rihanna received two Grammy Awards for the single Run This Town in January 2010.
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It was a situation I always told myself I would never allow myself to be in. It’s something I would force girlfriends to get out of. But there I was, sitting in it. I witnessed physical abuse happening to my mum and I always said I would never let that happen to me, and then it was happening to me. Now, when I look back at it, it just bugs me out that I couldn’t see it for what it was.
— Rihanna couldn't believe she couldn't get out of her relationship with Chris Brown sooner / December 04, 2010
Before that, I was just a little girl from the island, singing pop music. It was easy to think I was shallow I had everything. It seemed like I had no problems in the world. And all of a sudden, boom! Everybody realizes I do have problems. I have too much pride. I would rather put on a face. I would never let anyone see me cry. And I’m not like, ‘Please cry for me, I’ve been in a bad relationship.’ I hate that you know that and I don’t want you to remember me for that. That’s the defensive part of me. Even if I feel really bad about a situation, I put up that wall so hard that I almost believe myself that I don’t care.
— Rihanna never expected people to pity her because of her relationship with Chris Brown / December 04, 2010
With my hair I was ready for something new, something loud, something expressive and something fun. I’d had blonde hair and it was so boring for me. Black is still my favorite color, but this time I wanted something edgier because I don’t like the edgy clothes any more. I guess I had to take the edge to somewhere else — my hair!
— Rihanna explaining why she decided to dye her hair red / November 11, 2010
With fashion the simplest thing like a star, or a flower, can inspire you. I’m into a lot of stuff to do with nature and colors now, just things that are really expressive. I wear a lot of Stella McCartney because what she does is great — she’s a top, top designer.
— Rihanna saying Stella McCartney is her favorite designer / November 11, 2010
The album is coming out in two weeks, and I had to be available for a lot of approvals. We couldn’t get any phone service or Internet service over there. I was crushed, was really looking forward to it, but she understood. I was glad I could throw her a bachelorette party.
— Rihanna on why she missed Katy Perry's wedding / October 28, 2010
I hate talking about it but it was really crazy because I felt so out of touch with myself and when that happens. It’s scary because nothing you say or do feels like it’s you. You just lose touch of everything that you love and everything that you would normally do; how you would dress or how you would say something… It just feels like it’s not coming from you. It’s just this one empty vase. I felt like an empty vessel. I’m just… I feel like… I smile for real this time. Eventually, I remember waking up one day and I knew I was over it. One day. I remember I was in New York at the Trump Hotel and I woke up and I just knew I was over it.
— Rihanna about her relationship with Chris Brown / October 27, 2010