Rihanna—the beloved pop superstar adored by millions throughout the world—was actually a shy child. She found an outlet through singing and performing for her friends. Robyn Rihanna Fenty (yes, that is her full name) won beauty pageants and sang in her school’s talent show. In 2003, she formed a girl group with two friends—and through mutual acquaintances she met with famous producer Evan Rogers. Rogers has worked with such talents as ‘NSync, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson, and he immediately liked Rihanna.
In August 2005, Rihanna released her first single, “Pon de Replay,” which hit No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart. Her first music album, Music of the Sun, was released later that month. In 2008, Barbados—Rihanna’s birthplace—officially named February 21 as “Rihanna Day.” Her songs have been downloaded over 75,000,000 times, combined. In March 2011, she became the youngest black female to be featured on the cover of Vogue. In October of that year, Esquire Magazine named Rihanna the “Sexiest Woman Alive.” What has Rihanna been up to lately? She launched her own fashion line at London Fashion Week in January 2013.
To learn more about Rihanna’s incredible journey to stardom, check out the infographic below by KoyoteSoft.
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