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Rihanna Hair Lexicon

There's been a few times in which Caribbean Queen Rihanna has broken the internet. One being, the moment she waltzed up the Met Gala stairs in 2015 draped in Guo Pei's bright yellow hand-embroidered cape gown, sparking many memes and causing the whole world to stop momentarily.

Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala, themed China: Through the Looking Glass, wearing Guo Pei's beautiful creation that weighed 25kgs and took 50,000 hours of hand embroidery.

Another was in 2017 when Rihanna announced the launch of Fenty Beauty, unleashing the "Fenty Effect" onto the world of make up lovers through her new wave of inclusivity and representation due to her 40-shade foundation line. Her most recent shattering of the internet moment, however, was just a few weeks ago in NYC when she stepped out in a slogan T-shirt dress with the words "I'm retired" splayed across her chest.

Rihanna June 6 2024 NYC, wearing an upcycled dress from Conner Ives' SS24 collection.

After laying dormant in her musical endeavours for some eight years since the release of her album Anti, it's safe to say that fans were more than triggered by the words hinting at an early retirement (which she has since debunked, phew). This came hours after the announcement of Fenty Hair, the newest member of the Fenty franchise. This new business venture comes as no surprise to fans; Rihanna has not only been the ultimate trendsetter in her style choices but has expressed the same a-head-of-her-time influence through her frequent hair transformations.

The singer has never been shy nor afraid to bleach it, grow it, braid it or chop it all off and start again. Rihanna has never failed to jaw-droppingly floor her fans and audiences (or literally anyone who's watching) when it comes to her choices in style, makeup and hair - not to mention maternity wear. Without a doubt, Rihanna has been the Mother of all things iconic from the jump. So with that being said, gather round, let's enjoy and relive some of her most iconic moments together - that is, if we can fit them all.

2005: Rihanna signed with Def Jam Recordings and released her first studio album Music of the Sun.

Rihanna's 2009 album Rated R. As the title and use of heavy eyeliner suggest, the album was a rough, rock-influenced collection that was brutal as you'd expect.

Rihanna for the California King Bed video off her 2010 album, Loud. A bubbly pop collection filled with tipsy, 2am staples.

2013: Mullet mohawk for 032c Magazine.

Liberty spiked RiRi serving more than receipts for Paper Magazines March issue Break The Rules in 2017.

2016: MTV VMAS

2012: Victoria Secret Fashion Show.

Riri fulfilling all of our pink pixie dreams in her Joyrich Paris 28 Tee in 2014.

2016: Rihanna making her giant Saint Laurent Love Heart coat look like the perfect accessory to mini shorts and a cap.

2020: i-D Magazine.

Rihanna under her umbrella (ella, ella, eh, eh) for Dazed Magazine in 2021.

What the internet deemed Rihanna's, Joey from Friends look, for Vogue Italia 2021.

British Vogue September 2018 issue- At the time sparking headlines like "Are pencil thin eyebrows making a comeback?" Fast forward to 2024- the answer is yes they indeed have made a comeback.

Rihanna covers British Vogue May 2020.

Rihanna in monochromatic mint green, attending the 2019 British Fashion Awards in London.

Rihanna's performance on the Today show in 2011.

Wolverine claws and a smoky brow for Italian photographer Paolo Roversi in 2017.

The Pope wore Margiela. Rihanna winning yet another Met Gala in 2018.

Decked out in a cotton mesh Louis V baseball cap with her leaning tower of fro' and a makeup look using only her own Fenty Beauty for Dazed 2021.

Slinky, sexy and dripping in 216,000 Swarovski crystals in 2014.

Always the Queen of intricate details in her blinged-out layered beanie and deep maroon-toned glam at the 2021 Met Gala.

Brow bleached, glossy and grilled for Interview Magazine Spring 2024

Bubble gum pink for the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix earlier in May earlier this year.

Yet another internet-obliterating moment from RiRi when she announced her latest creative collab with rapper A$AP Rocky wearing a baby bump-baring Chanel puffer in 2022.

Photographed by Annie Leibovtiz for the May cover of Vogue US 2022.

Photographed by Annie Leibovtiz for the May cover of Vogue US 2022.

Heavily early 2000s and 'Simple Life' coded in her fur-trimmed Fendi crop top and low-rise jeans 2022.

More 2022 baby bump content because it's just simply too good- RiRi wears a python leather vest by Acne Studios whilst stepping out for lunch in Beverly Hills.

RiRi showing us how to do date night in head to toe bold leather pieces in May 2023.

In a bright red catsuit and moulded breastplate, Rihanna started her 12-song medley Super Bowl Halftime Show performance by revealing and announcing her second pregnancy in 2023.

June 2024- A golden pixie Rihanna for her campaign for Fenty Hair and what she's calling "A New Era of Repair".

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