Believe it or not, Rihanna was only seventeen when this snap was taken. Signed up to Def Jam recordings by Jay-Z in 2004, it was only a year later she released chart-busting album Music of the Sun – and burst onto the international fame stage.
In the pre-Umbrella days, it was a wholesome, Island-girl image RiRi was working – white jeans, hoop earrings and a tube top were her choice for 2005’s MTV Awards.
She’s an intrepid fashion force now, but back in 2005 Rihanna was playing it safe in neutral make-up, simple ponytails and oh-so-over boho-inspired dresses.
2006 saw GLAMOUR.COM girl crush Rihanna release album Girl Like Me and single SOS which really catapulted her into the big time. And a new album meant a new look: she began sporting a more sophisticated and polished image.
Lucky RiRi turns hot pink from fashion faux pas to fashion-fabulous, thanks to a killer bod and gorgeous complexion.
For the MTV VMAs in 2006, Rihanna was a little too princess-perfect in this diamanté-encrusted prom dress and heavily coiffed waves.
Channelling Diana Ross – and alleged rival Beyoncé – Rihanna worked biiiig hair with a tiny dress for a 2006 red carpet stint.
Look out world, there’s a major Rihanna image overhaul on the horizon! She gives us a glimpse of what’s to come in this subtly sexy white mini dress and siren red lips in December 2006.
Boom! Starting with a headline-grabbing new bob, Rihanna kicks off 2007 with a bang…
Sexier, edgier and more directional – as her latest record declared, this good girl had officially gone bad. Working with famed fashion stylist Mariel Haenn, Rihanna started carving out a brand new image for herself in 2007…
…but in the early days, there were a few hiccups. The punky prom queen look she wore to this New York party left the style critics shouting, ‘don’t try so hard!’ at the fledgling fashionista.
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The blips were few and far between, though: Rihanna was back on fashion form at a Cartier party in June 2007, donning this divine Dolce & Gabbana dress with her newly be-fringed ‘do.