It’s the 20th of Feb and that can only mean one thing….it’s Rihanna’s birthday! 27 years ago, Riri was born- ironically, her mum was also 27 at the time.
Since she popped into our lives 10 years ago, she’s been one of the most talked about and prolific artists of the decade, probably only topped by Bey. Over the years, we’ve watched the Barbadian beauty grow into her own, and sometimes, it’s been a confusing journey (what with X rated videos, her chaotic relationship with Chris Brown, semi naked public appearances and Instagrams), but that’s what makes her so awesome. Rihanna is easily Pop’s most intriguing talent, because Riri does what Riri wants, thereby staying true to herself all the time.
The music industry is unimaginable without Rihanna’s huge talent and her contribution over the years have been quite outstanding with millions of albums sold worldwide, and who can forget the phenomenon that was ‘Umbrella’? Her collaboration with Jay Z was a juggernaut that marked a pivotal moment in Rihanna’s career, marking the start of her journey to a more self-assured and sassy performer.
As we join her in celebrating her 27th birthday, we take a look at 5 memorable moments from the singer’s decade long career- and there have been a few.
– Bad Gyal Riri turns heads at the CFDA awards in 2014
Who can forget this super racy dress? Only Riri can work a dress like that and look unperturbed. You go girl.
Rihanna and Chris Brown back in the days
It’ll be hard to write a Rihanna biography without mentioning her relationship with Hip Hop’s (arguably) baddest boy Chris Brown. We loved them as a couple, which is why we were shattered when revelations of his assault came to light. In true Riri style, she rose above it and has since moved on even though we hear they’re still discreetly pinning away for each other. Don’t do it Ri.
Whatever happens, we know we can hide under her Umbrella
One minute, she’s a fresh 19-year-old from Barbados with promising talent. Next thing we know, she’s writhing about in a video naked and covered with body paint, and then prances about in sexy lingerie dancing with an umbrella.
‘Umbrella’ was the turning point for Ri. 8 years after it’s release, we’re still nodding to the catchy refrain ‘ella’, ‘ella’.
Rihanna the Philanthropist- and she loves her Papa…
She might be a superstar, but she’s still very grounded and gives back to her community. Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 in honour of her grand parents. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
Here she is with her dad at the first ever diamond ball hosted by her in honour of the foundation in 2014.
She ain’t that wild. She actually loves babies!
She may be a world famous superstar, but she still loves kids. Case in point, her baby cousin- Majesty, whose photos are plastered all over Rihanna’s Instagram. Some of her fans have even wondered if baby Majesty is actually Rihanna’s as she literally takes her everywhere. Riri’s maternal instincts have also come into play with other celeb’s babies. She’s often seen chatting to Beyonce an Jay Z’s baby Blue Ivy at events and recently, she even had a cute little chat with Kanye and Kim’s baby Nori, kindly telling us what she was wearing on the night. How cute?