Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a global pop star, businesswoman, philanthropist, and also a fashion designer. Her successful career started with hit single Umbrella and followed by an array of popular songs, including Take a Bow and Diamonds. In addition to singing, Fenty launched her beauty line “Fenty Beauty” which received positive reviews worldwide.
Born in St. Michael’s Parish, Barbados, on February 20, 1988 as the eldest child, Rihanna grew up listening to reggae, American hip-hop and R&B music. During the school years, she had been actively singing and winning talent show. In 2004, alongside her friends, Rihanna formed a girl group which later captivated a producer Evan Rogers. With Evan’s help, the 15-year-old Fenty moved to America to make a demo and later joined an audition with Jay-Z from the Def Jam record label. She signed a record deal and decided to use her middle name, Rihanna as the stage name.
After eight months of preparation, Rihanna made a debut with a reggae track “Pon de Replay” that successfully stayed at number 2 on the Billboard singles chart. She even recognized as the upcoming superstar. Music of the Sun (2005), her R&B-ballad debut album also entered the Billboard albums chart. The success followed with hit single “SOS” that featured in her second album A Girl Like Me (2006), made her name rose to stardom. Profile & Facts Rihanna
In 2007, she released Good Girl Gone Bad that presenting the youthful side of her. Top musicians Justin Timberlake and Timbaland involved in the making of that R&B album. Fueled by the lead track “Umbrella”, her album sold million copies worldwide and became Rihanna’s major breakthrough. “Umbrella” was one of 2007’s biggest hits and a chart-topper single. The song also earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The next album, which released the following year, came with major hits “Hate That I Love You” and “Take a Bow”. She continued to dominate the music charts with several popular songs and collaborations. Rihanna received another Grammy for the music video of “We Found Love”, a collaboration song with DJ Calvin Harris in 2013. She also received two Grammy nominations for a single “Work”, featuring Drake.
As if her successful singing career was not enough, she appeared as a supportive role in the sci-fi Battleship in 2012. Rihanna lent her voice for the lead character in animated movie Home in 2015. Alongside Donald Glover, she played a role in a musical Guava Island in 2019. Besides acting and singing, Rihanna is one of the most charitable celebrities. She premiered the Clara Lionel Foundation to support education and early response programs worldwide which led her to earn the President’s Award at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards. She has donated $1 million to New York’s Needy and more than $8 million to COVID-19 relief efforts. Rihanna is also a successful businesswoman with her famous clothing line and beauty brand. The brand, Fenty Beauty came up with 40 shades of foundation which gained much interests from fans and beauty enthusiast.