Pop superstar Rihanna celebrates a birthday today!
Though the singer is just 26 years old, she has evolved so much since she first hit the scene nearly a decade ago, both in her music and in her fashion sense. As the “Monster” hit maker recently did an interview with Vogue that focused on the latter, we’re taking a look back at the evolution of Rihanna’s now-iconic style, from 2005 through today!
2005 – The Teen People Listening Lounge
At 17-years-old, Rihanna looks fresh-faced and full of life while posing with Teairra Mari at the Teen People Listening Lounge. With her long, wavy hair, a crop top and yes, a belly chain, Ri-Ri truly resembles a young artist that is just breaking into the industry.
2006 – On the Set of MTV’s Total Request Live
About a year later, Rihanna can be seen embracing an edgier look, having chopped her hair into a bob and dying it jet black. Her clothing also shows signs of moving toward her look today, with heels, a bolder top and chunky jewelry.
2007 – American Music Awards
Here’s where Rihanna starts showing her love of mixing styles, rocking a bedazzled fingerless glove and textured dress with short romantic ringlets.
2008 – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Rihanna’s passion for all-things oversized starts to come into play in 2008. Here she is at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week looking casually chic in a flowing knee-length coat. This is also around the time that the singer started to rock a super short pixie cut.
2009 – VEVO Launch Party
A year later and Rihanna’s style has once again evolved, now taking a more sophisticated turn with blazers and gowns galore! The singer also changed up her hair by going blonde, showing us that pretty much anything looks good on her!
2010 – Autograph Signing in Berlin
Rihanna continued to try out different styles in 2010, looking very punk-rock during an autograph signing in Berlin, Germany in an acid-washed jean jacket, little black dress and a slicked-down blonde bowl cut.
2011 – The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
By 2011, Rihanna was seeing red! Besides changing her hair, the pop/R&B songstress also started to become one of the most buzzed-about celebrities on the red carpet, like when she wore this very strategically-wrapped dress to the 53rd Annual GRAMMYs.
2012 – “Battleship” Premiere
This year was full of change for Rihanna, as she went from blonde to brunette, from edgy to chic, and from singer to actor. Here, she’s seen at the premiere of her film Battleship showing off long dark locks and a bold red lip while draped in a beautiful white gown.
2013 – The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Rihanna looked absolutely gorgeous at the 2013 GRAMMYs with her tousled ombre hair and a floor-length red gown. However, much of the attention was taken away from her outfit when she was seen getting cozy with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during the show.
2014 – Viva Glam Rihanna Launch Party
As of this year, Rihanna is back to being single and is focusing on her music and other business ventures. Most recently, she was spotted at the launch of her MAC cosmetics line looking simultaneously professional and fun in a shiny purple blazer with poker-straight black hair and bold makeup. Our girl has come so far!
What’s been your favorite Rihanna look through the years? Sound off in the comments section below!