Here’s Why Rihanna Is My Fashion Icon

Disclaimer: This is quite a lot to read, but if you check out the titles in red and the pics, you’ll surely get my point.

Rihanna is a goddess among us all. Fashion is not only about the clothes, shoes, and jewelry that one wears, but also the hair, attitude, style and means of donning whatever one tries with grace and charisma. Rihanna is everything and more when it comes to fashion. She has no boundaries and breaks every rule when it comes to her clothing choice and style preferences.

She won the first-ever Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) Fashion Icon Award in 2014, and she stated that the rules of fashion were meant to be broken and she lives up to her word every time. In her acceptance speech, she also said that fashion has always been her defense mechanism with the words “she can beat me, but she can never beat my outfit.”



She makes anything look good. She wore a jacket on the red carpet, and she still rocked the look. She has worn many looks on the many red carpets that she has graced over the years and though some of her outfit choices and looks (gothic, elegant, risque, princess- you name it, she’s probably done it). Some have been risky, but she wears them anyway because she is confident in her choices and fit. 10838426_1516139198639662_983522222_n


Rihanna is Queen when it comes to red carpets, but she owns the Met Gala whenever she makes an entrance, Case in point, let’s take a close look at both of her 2015 and 2017 Met Gala looks. 18160826_677366059123717_4697187388382773248_nIn 2015, the theme was ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ and Rihanna sure outdid herself with the massive Canary Yellow Gown that she donned on the red carpet. She hands down stole the show. Riri was the only celebrity on that red carpet who wore a couture outfit that was authentically made and designed by a Chinese designer, Guo Pei. The dress had a massive train that required assistance from people when she was climbing the steps and was filled with embroidery and fur trimming designs. It caused social media to go crazy, and she was compared was compared to an egg yolk, but she was able to see and get in the fun with the undefeated internet. It is still one the most iconic dresses to ever grace a Met Gala red carpet, and her dramatic entrance is still one for the books.  
11208062_372420732951228_2062255417_nHer effortless entrance at the 2017 Met Gala was no different. The theme was Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, and yet again she owned the carpet. Again, the Caribbean beauty was also one of the only celebrities on that red carpet who adhered to the theme. She wore a floral costume by Comme des Garçons paired with a knee high strappy red heels and a top bun with bangs. It was an avant-garde, but if we reflect on her fashion history, we can expect no less of her.

She skipped the 2016 Gala because she was on tour. Needless to say, Rihanna might be a sucker for a theme. Name it and best to believe that she will slay whenever and wherever you request her presence.

SHE DECIDES WHAT’S CUTE/UGLY/FASHIONABLE10729274_1538274913091218_1434976480_nRihanna tends to show the world what is fashionable. She decides what is not ugly despite an article of clothing being deemed so by the media or consumers.This encourages people to be comfortable with their bodies and wear whatever makes them happy.  She can wear something from the 2000’s that if anyone else wore people would probably comment “That’s so 2002! ” but when Rihanna wears it, she slays the game and make the old, new. Who can rock a big pink poofy Princess dress on a red carpet knowing that she could be ridiculed by the public, but feels confident enough to rock it anyway? Rihanna. Yes, she did that at the 2015 Grammy Awards, and the gown instantly became an internet sensation much like its model.  The point is… Rihanna wears what’s comfortable to her, no matter how risque or avant-garde the look might seem.

SHE LIVES TO SLAY, and she does it with oh, so, little effort…

No need to exaggerate this point. The words speak for themselves. Look at her.10809963_1519966054954977_1410699877_n.jpgHER SHOE GAME IS HELLA STRONG

Her shoe game has been questionable in the past, but she wears her products and gradually watch the public adapt to her style. When she first wore the Fenty Puma Sneaker Heels, people were like “What are those? ” and she joined in on the fun until the shoe line was released to the public at a later date and everyone and their mother wanted to be in trend with Rihanna.

She has ventures with Puma and Manolo Blahnik, but other than her collaborations she wears shoes from multiple designers and companies, and she makes everyone want to improve their shoe game.

19424759_1615412785197247_7237797514768809984_n.jpgHere she is wearing the ‘Poison Ivy’ made with emerald green stones from her latest collaboration with Manolo Blahnik for the ‘SO STONED’ Collection.
18251740_1279832028801911_5678999689429516288_n.jpg2017 Met Gala: Disquared2 strappy thigh-high sandals.

SHE REPRESENTS HER CULTURE15034541_332803087090374_7735908069204295680_nShe is an icon for black women and women overall. Being a girl from the left-side of a really tiny island, one would probably not expect much from her, but time and again she continues to steer the fashion industry with her Caribbean style. She looks great in dreadlocks and Rastafarian colors.  She embodies what it means to be a Caribbean queen in every way through her hair, the colors, her demeanor, and beauty. As a Caribbean girl myself, this is a great example for me and a step towards embracing my culture even more than I already do.20686495_1505559456170301_3556946190601814016_nI mean, she shows up to the Crop Over Carnival looking like this? How can she not be my fashion icon?


She rocks double denim like it’s nobody’s business. Wearing double denim can be quite a dangerous fashion choice, but she made it look like eating a piece of cake. The open-legged denim pants and matching jacket that she wore to Coachella this year is how one easily wears a double denim. 18011325_1310926048984683_3892686481369595904_nLet us also not forget that she turned up the heat when she was accepting her Fashion Icon Award at the CDFA’S as mentioned above. She wore a dress entirely made of over 230,000 crystals on a fishnet and a sequin headpiece.


She appeared on a red carpet wearing her hair wrapped in bobby pins with no care in the world, and the photo below shows her in Chinese bumps/ Bantu knots, which was a fashion forward look at the time. Usually, if Black girls sported the look they would probably have been called ‘ratchet’ or ‘ghetto.’ Rihanna clearly put it out there that this is a part of my culture, it’s my hair, I look good, and I feel good, so I am going to do whatever I want. And so she did. #BlackGirlMagic10732017_729221193797663_1931975497_nI always tell people “This is a Rihanna world we are all living in. Everyone wants to be like Rihanna but Rihanna is just for Rihanna,” but it doesn’t mean that we can’t model our fashion aspirations and inspiration from her. She makes her own rules and struts her stuff, whether you like it or not (if people don’t like her look at a particular time, they eventually catch up at a later date). If you ever want to start a conversation and turn head without meaning to do so, consult Rihanna’s lookbook (the internet and her Instagram account has much to offer).11419058_1612751032315402_457517213_nI am a tiny girl from the small but beautiful island of Jamaica, so naturally, the Barbadian beauty would be my fashion icon. She makes her own rules, decides what is fashionable or attractive to her and rocks whatever look she goes for like it’s nobody’s business. She allows her outfits to speak for and express herself and I wish to follow in her footsteps and pull off any look with as much charisma and style in my own Rihanna-esque manner. 

Until Next Time…

Stay Fabulous,
   –  Tiffany♥♥♥

n.b. A previous version of this was originally posted on, written by me, of course. All photos are courtesy of Badgalriri’s Instagram account.

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