Talking that talk since 1988: 14 times Rihanna made a case for her Fashion Icon title

Rihanna speaks onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall in 2014. Photo by D Dipasupil
Rihanna speaks onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall in 2014. Photo by D Dipasupil

CFDA Fashion Icon 2014 award recipient Robyn Rihanna Fenty turns a year older on 20 February, and ever since she came into our lives, nothing has been the same. 

This birthday marks the singer's 32nd journey around the sun from which she once drew music inspiration when she gave us Music of the Sun in 2005. 

The Grammy award-winning artist has since elevated her career to new heights, launching her game-changing cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna in 2017, and then later becoming the first-ever black woman to launch a fashion maison - FENTY CORP - under luxury goods fashion house LVMH: Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, in 2019.

Not forgetting her Fenty x Puma offerings as well as the inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, which have both seen success since their inception. 

READ MORE: Rihanna was the highlight of the Fashion Awards, collecting a victory for Fenty and owning the red carpet 

With 25 Vogue covers (across the various editions over a 10-year period), including six Vogue U.S. covers and her historic 2018 British Vogue September issue (again as the first black woman to ever do it), there's no denying that RiRi is indeed one of the most celebrated style mavens of her time. 

She has taken a few movie roles too, including the all-woman cast hit movie Oceans 8 in 2018. 

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Which way to the Gala?

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Usually the word "icon" is thrown around a little too generously into the hands of celebrated names, but calling Rihanna an icon could be said to be a globally acknowledged title as fitting as some of the couture gowns she's been the perfect mannequin for on red carpets over the past decade or so.

So let's take a look at some of the most memorable ones:

2014 CFDA Fashion Icon dress

"Do my T-ts bother you? They're covered in Swarovski crystals!" 

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (EDITORS NOTE: Image conta

It's not a Met Gala until RiRi shows up 

China: Through the Looking Glass

In Guo Pei.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Rihanna arrives at China:

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

In Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo. 

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Rihanna attends Rei Kawaku

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

In Maison Margiela. 

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Rihanna at Metropolitan Mu

Shine bright like a Diamond (Ball)

In Ralph & Russo and well... diamonds of course, at her annual Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Rihanna attend

Collecting Grammys before she stopped the music 

(Just kidding. We respect her decision to go on a music hiatus)


In a red Azzedine Alaïa gown that has since been archived. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Rihanna arrives at

READ MORE: What '90s Naomi Campbell and 2013 Rihanna have in common 


Styled by Mel Ottenberg in Giambattista Valli. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Rihanna arr

And then there was Fenty Beauty...

"My pockets deep. They never end."  

Dripping in ice at one of her launches.

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when makeup is life ????‍??

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In Molly Goddard at another Fenty Beauty launch in 2017.

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a lil molly neva hurt nobody... @mollymgoddard

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Valli for Valerian

The Bajan Princess showed up looking fairy tale ready for the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets premiere in Giambattista Valli. 

And then she wore Valli again for the London premiere of the same film. This time in red. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Rihanna attends the Va

2019 Fashion Awards

Fenty in FENTY. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Rihanna attends The

Cheers! We'll drink to the star who's never let the b****rds get her down. 

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