From Barbados beauty to RnB royalty
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Rihanna: Life in pictures

From Barbados beauty to RnB royalty
Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, can seemingly do no wrong when it comes to making hit music.The It-girl for the last few years, she has produced a string of popular songs, including “Umbrella” and “Disturbia.” There is no denying that the multi-racial songstress is a pop music powerhouse, and with three top-selling albums in three years, Rihanna is set up for a long career. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)
Caribbean queen
Caribbean queen

Thanks to a friend of a friend, Rihanna scored an audition with record producer Evan Rogers when she was just 15.

Rogers whisked the teenage Barbados-native from her island home in 2003 to Connecticut where she got to work on her first album, 2005’s “Music of the Sun.”

Her first single, the Caribbean-infused “Pon de Replay,” made it to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
A Girl like her
A girl like her

With her second album, 2006’s “A Girl Like Me,” Rihanna scored her first No. 1 hit in the U.S. with the lead single “S.O.S.” That same year, the pop princess toured with Gwen Steffani and the Pussycat Dolls and began racking up awards and endorsement deals, including three Billboard Music Awards and a Cover Girl contract. (Matt Hartman)
Giving back
Giving back

In 2006, Rihanna created the Believe Foundation for terminally ill and disadvantaged children. She has since performed concerts and signed countless autographs in hospitals across the country in support of the charity.

Rihanna has also been involved in UNICEF and H&M’s Fashion Against AIDS campaign.

Her inspiration?

“When I was young and I would watch television and I would see all the children suffering, I always said: ‘When I grow up, I want to help,’ ” she told People. (Aaron Favila / Associated Press)
Cinderella under the umbrella
Cinderella under the umbrella

In March 2007, Rihanna released “Umbrella,” the first single from her “Good Girl Gone Bad” album. It was the beginning of a slew of hits that established the singer as a hit-making machine, and it still has some of us singing “umbrella, ella, ella.”

To date, seven songs off of “Good Girl Gone Bad” and the re-release, 2008’s “Good Girl Gone Bad Reloaded,” have made it to top-20 status on the Billboard charts. (Kevin P. Casey)
Take a bow
Take a bow

To promote “Good Girl Gone Bad,” Rihanna began a 79-date worldwide tour in September 2007. She also managed performances at every major music award show in 2008, including the 50th Grammy Awards (where she picked up her first Grammy for “Umbrella”), the American Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Good girl gone bad?
Good girl gone bad?

Despite the scrutiny other young women celebrities face, Rihanna has managed to stay squeaky clean and maintain fame without bad-girl antics or revealing the minutia of her life.

Rumors fly, of course, but the private star often leaves the gossip gang guessing. (Getty Images)
Please don’t stop the music
Please don’t stop the music

Rihanna has collaborated with a number of pop, R&B and hip-hop artists.

Highlights include “If I Never See Your Face Again,” her duet with Maroon 5, and her songs with Ne-Yo -- “Hate That I Love You” and “Unfaithful.” Additionally, she wrote “Rehab” with Justin Timberlake, and her most recent hit, “Live Your Life,” is a cut from rapper T.I.'s “Paper Trail” album.

Not to mention Jay-Z’s contribution to “Umbrella” and Chris Brown’s response, “Cinderella Under the Umbrella.” (Getty Images)
Princess RiRi and Chris Breezy
Princess RiRi and Chris Breezy

Rihanna had been dating R&B singer and teen heartthrob Chris Brown since 2007 -- though she used the we’re-good-friends claim until at least 2008, when engagement rumors began to fly.

The two seemed to fill Hollywood’s “cutest couple” superlative with ease until Feb. 8, 2009, when both canceled their appearances at the Grammy Awards and Brown was booked in Los Angeles on charges stemming from an alleged assault on Rihanna. Brown has since admitted to the assault, and Rihanna, after a stint away from the spotlight, has returned to performing. (Evan Agostini)
Style star
Style star

In just a few years, Rihanna has transformed from the cutesy, earrings-wearing girl of the “Music of the Sun"-era to a more sophisticated and edgy starlet with a more daring fashion style -- though in her stage shows, she exhibits a risque even outlandish persona.

Along with raising hemlines, Rihanna has merged femininity and originality with extreme pixie haircuts and a tattoo count that has risen to about a dozen. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)
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