The Power of Rihanna
For Black History Month, I decided to talk about the one and only Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rhianna.
According to Biograpghy.com Rihanna was born on February 20, 1988, in St. Michael Parish, Barbados. She started out as a typical girl who enjoyed singing music, and now she is known as a Barbadian music superstar, with a cosmetic and apparel line with her last name on it.
When Rihanna was young, her parents had marital problems and when she was 14 years old, her parents got a divorce. After that, Rihanna turned to her coping mechanism: singing. Through this, Rihanna formed a girl group, and at the age of 15, she and her girl group got an audition with music producer, Evan Rodgers.
“The minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist,” Rodgers said according to Biography.com
After the audition, Rihanna’s life completely changed. She went to the United States and started creating music.
In 2005, according to worddisk.com, Rihanna released her first album called Pon de Replay, a reggae-influenced track, which reached #2 on the Billboard singles chart, and also announced Rihanna as the “next up-and-upcoming” pop star. Eight albums and nine Grammy awards, 12 Billboard music awards, 13 American Music Awards, and seven MTV Video Music awards later, Rihanna decided to take the next step and become one of the world’s most well-known businesswomen.
Rihanna’s four billion dollar grossing business brand is named Fenty. Fenty Beauty is a cosmetic company and it is changing the way many perceive beauty. Rihanna has impacted the industry with her inclusive brand. She has over 50 shades that range from light skin tones to dark skin tones. This was extremely impactful for many people of color because there weren’t many makeup brands at the time that had the shades for their skin tones.
Rihanna also impacted the clothing industry with her brand, SavageXFenty. SavageXFenty is made inclusive for any body type for women trying to spread the message of women empowerment.
The reason I chose Rhianna to talk about for Black History Month is because of how empowering she is. She breaks through many beauty standards and spreads inspiring messages. Rihanna has definitely made an impact in many individuals’ lives giving them a voice and confidence.