Beyonce Knowles, Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole, Emma Watson and Rihanna hailed the top 5 inspiring International Women’s Day role model
Rihanna established her dance-pop credentials in summer 2005 with her debut smash hit, “Pon de Replay,” and continued to demonstrate hit potential in subsequent years; “S.O.S.” in 2006; “Umbrella” in 2007; “Disturbia” in 2008.However, it was the singer’s third album, Good Girl Gone Bad that made her a full-fledged international pop star with a regular presence atop the charts. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, she exhibited a certain star quality as a young child, often winning beauty and talent contests.
That stardom came courtesy of a fateful meeting with Evan Rogers. The New Yorker was vacationing in Barbados with his wife when he was introduced to Rihanna.
Rogers had spent years producing pop hits for such superstars as NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Laura Pausini, and Rod Stewart, and he offered the talented Rihanna a chance to record. Rihanna recorded several demos that sparked the interest of the Carter Administration, then newly appointed Def Jam president Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. This led to an audition, and Rihanna both received and accepted an on-the-spot offer to sign with Def Jam. The rest is history as they say. Today Rihanna is one of the most famous female R&B stars and has had a string of number one hits; she has also won numerous awards. Click here to watch Rihanna in action.
Rihanna is reported to be worth over $25 million