Rihanna — vocalist extraordinaire, cosmetic genius, and overall badass — turns 30
Rihanna — the brilliant mind behind Fenty Beauty and powerful vocalist responsible for hits like “Love On The Brain” — is turning 30. An iconic birthday for an iconic woman.
A celebration is obviously in order, but where do we even begin?
First, a bit about our queen: Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados in 1988. Her birth name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — hence the name for her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. She began singing at the age of seven, and in 2003, at the age of 15, she formed a musical trio with two classmates.
When they managed to land an audition with record producer Evan Rogers, everything changed for Rihanna.
Rogers pulled her from the trio, and she went on to record “Pon de Replay” and “The Last Time” as part of her demo tape (recording while on holiday breaks from high school). When she auditioned for Jay-Z at Def Jam, Jay thought she was so talented that he wouldn’t let her leave the building until the contract was finalized, for fear of her signing somewhere else.
Since then, Rih has gone on to win nine Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 12 American Music Awards, and eight People’s Choice Awards. She’s won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAS, sold over 10 million albums, and amassed 14 #1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (which is the third most #1s in the chart’s history).
Her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, is also widely popular for some significant reasons.
Fenty Beauty offers a whopping 40 shades for a huge range of skin colors and undertones. Her attention to this detail set off waves within the industry, in terms of more representation in the beauty world. With this in mind, we only have one question: What will Rihanna do next?
"When you realize who you live for, and who's important to please, a lot of people will actually start living. I am never going to get caught up in that. I'm gonna look back on my life and say that I enjoyed it — and I lived it for me."
So here’s to living for yourself and enjoying your life (while wearing some badass Stunna Lip Paint). Happy birthday, Rih. We love you.