Fame10 Fashion Evolution: Rihanna
Rihanna comes off as pretty fearless, especially when it comes to her sense of style. When she was first starting out, she typically played it safe when it came to her wardrobe. She tried to look the part of the innocent young pop star, but she got pretty bored with it. We see her as the sort of person who likes to take risks and push limits. Every so often, she will doll herself up, but she prefers to play by her own rules. Because there is no else who has style like Rihanna on the red carpet today, we figured that now would be a good time to take a look at her fashion evolution!
33rd Annual American Music Awards Nominations – 2005
Rihanna didn’t really have a sense of style back in 2005. She showed up at the 33rd Annual American Music Awards’ nominations dressed casually in a short green dress and a pair of brown boots. This isn’t the best outfit we’ve seen on a budding pop star, but it isn’t offensive either – it is just boring.
While her fashion didn’t leave much of an impression, her music certainly did. During the summer of 2005, her first single “Pon de Replay” became a massive hit. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. She then went on tour with Gwen Stefani to promote her debut album Music of the Sun, which went on to sell over two million copies worldwide. The album received mixed reviews from critics. The Rolling Stone gave it two and a half stars out of five, noting that it lacked replay value, ingenuity and rhythm, while Slant Magazine described her lead single“Pon de Replay” as a dancehall-pop mixture that owes plenty of its sweat and shimmy to Beyoncé’s ‘Baby Boy.’”
Teen Choice Awards – 2006
The “Pon de Replay” singer rocked a short purple dress with a plunging neckline at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards. The dress is cute enough, but we know now that it was never really her style. Someone else probably decided that she would wear this and she really didn’t have much of a choice in the matter.
The Teen Choice Awards that year weren’t as much of a success for Rihanna as one would have hoped. Critics complained that she lip-synched through her entire performance that night. She sang her latest hit single “SOS” and some people noted that it sounded exactly the same as it does on the radio. She hinted to MTV that performing at an event like this was a big deal, so maybe she was just nervous. “It was a big thing for me,” she said. “But the highlight for me was Kevin Federline’s performance. And seeing Britney. She’s so cute!”