Rihanna was born on 20 February 1988, on Saturday at 12 PM in St. Michael, Barbados.
Father's name: Ronald Fenty
Mother's name: Monica Fenty
Brother: RorreyFenty/ RajadFenty/ Jamie
Sister: Kandy/ Samantha
RiRi/ Caribbean Queen/ The Barbados Babe
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Monica, an accountant, and Ronald, a warehouse supervisor, welcome daughter Robyn Rihanna Fenton in 1988 in St. Michael, Barbados. Her childhood on the Caribbean island of Barbados is deeply affected by her father's addiction to crack cocaine and parent's rocky marriage, which ends when she's 14. "Now my dad is like the coolest person on the planet," Rihanna says. "He doesn't smother me. He lets me live my life. And he's been like that a lot, even when I was younger. He would watch me making a mistake and he wouldn't stop me. My dad, he lets me make it and then I learn."Rihanna grew up listening to reggae music and began singing at around the age of seven. Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme; the singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant. Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead. At the age of 15, Rihanna formed a girl group with two of her classmates and landed an audition with producer, Evan Rogers, who was on vacation with his Barbadian wife. Rogers fell in love admitting, saying "The minute Rihnna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn't exist." When she turned 16, Rihanna left Barbados and moved in with Rogers and his wife in Connecticut to work on her demo album. "When I left Barbados, I didn't look back," Rihanna recalled. "I wanted to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America."
In January 2005, Rogers set up an audition for Rihanna with Def Jam Records and its president, mind-blowing rapper Jay-Z. "I remember staring into everybody's eyes in the room while I was singing, and at that point, I was fearless," she recalled. Similar to Rogers' reaction to Rihanna's mesmerizing presence and vocal power, Jay-Z wasted little time and signed her that day. Music Of the Sun was Rihanna's debut album, released in 2005. 'Pon de Replay' was one of the singles released from the album. The track was co-written by Rogers, Sturken and Rihanna and reached number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart.The album itself received platinum certification for selling over 2 million units worldwide and Rihanna promoted the album by touring as Gwen Stefani's opening act. A second single, "If It's Lovin' that You Want", was not as successful as its predecessor, but reached the top ten in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Selling 62 million records since 2005, she's the most successful artist over the last decade. Besidesmusic Rihanna made her acting debut in a cameo role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: All or Nothing, released in August 2006. The following year, Rihanna released her second studio album, “A Girl like Me,” which had a more urban-pop sound as opposed to the tropical sound of “Music of the Sun.” The album reached number one in Canada and number five in the United Kingdom and United States, where it sold 115,000 copies its first week.Its lead single, "SOS", was an international success, charting in the top five in eleven countries, including Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and in Australia, her first to reach this chart position. "Unfaithful", the album's second single, reached the top ten in eighteen countries, including number one in Canada and Switzerland. "We Ride" and "Break It Off", the latter featuring Sean Paul, were also released as singles. Following the release of the album, Rihanna embarked on her first headlining tour, the Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour, also performing alongside Jay-Z and Ne-Yo on the Rock Tha Block Tour. In addition, she joined The Pussycat Dolls on their PCD World Tour. In 2007, Rihanna collaborated with J-Status and Shontelle on the song "Roll It,” before releasing her third album, “Good Girl Gone Bad.” The album again shifted genres to a more urban and European dance-pop sound. Peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, the album featured five Top 10 hits including three U.S. #1 hit singles, "Umbrella,” "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia,” and the worldwide hit "Don't Stop the Music.” The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella," which features Jay-Z. In 2009, Rihanna's reign as the queen of hits continued with the release of Rated R and the singles "Hard" and "Rude Boy." Success continued to reach new limits with the release of her 2010 album Loud and its critically acclaimed singles "What's My Name," "Only Girl (In the World)" and "S&M." In addition to her hit songs, Rihanna has been featured on monster hits, including Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" and Jay-Z's "Run this Town." “Loud,” Rihanna's fifth studio album was released in November 2010. Two U.S. #1 singles were released from it, "Only Girl (In the World),” and a team-up with Drake, called "What's My Name?” In February 2011, Rihanna received a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for “Only Girl.”Rihanna's 2012 album Unapologetic debuted a number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 283,000 copies. The following year, Rihana took home her sixth Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video ("We Found Love").
In 2007 after becoming the face of Cover Girl cosmetics, Rihanna appears in PEOPLE's Most Beautiful issue sans makeup. "The best thing about going without makeup is that it takes a lot less time to get ready," Rihanna tells PEOPLE. "You feel comfortable and free." The glowing singer is also listed at No. 8 on Maxim's Hot 100 and No. 59 on EW's 100 Stars We Love, among such up-and-comers as Hayden Panettiere and Shia La Beouf. In 2009, Rihanna again made headlines again, becoming the center of a media firestorm after a domestic violence incident in which her then-boyfriend Chris Brown assaulted her before an awards show. In 2012, Rihanna and Brown seemed to be mending their relationship, even writing the song "Birthday Cake" together. In August, Rihanna told Oprah Winfrey that Brown could possibly be the love of her life and they have "a very close friendship" with him. When Brown recently broke up with his girlfriend, the two were rumored to be back together. In 2009, New York magazine described Rihanna's early look as that of a cookie-cutter teen queen, noting she has the ability to shift looks dramatically and with great ease.Around the time of the release of her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), many critics felt that Rihanna's style, sound, and musical material were too similar to those of Beyoncé. In an interview with Look magazine, Rihanna spoke about comparisons to Beyonce: "Beyoncé is a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but we're different performers with different styles". In 2007, Rihanna dismissed her innocent image for an edgier look with a new hairstyle, which was inspired byCharlize Theron's bob cut in the science fiction thriller Æon Flux (2005). She has a collection of small tattoos: a music note on her ankle, a Pisces sign behind her right ear, a Sanskrit prayer on her hip, a star in her left ear, the word "Love" on her left middle finger, the phrase "Freedom in Messiah" in Arabic on her ribcage, a trail of stars going down the back of her neck, a skull with a pink hair bow on the back of her foot, the word "Shhh..." on her right index finger, the date 4.11.1986 in Roman numerals on top of her left shoulder, a henna-style dragon claw on her hand, a handgun on her ribcage, the motto "never a failure, always a lesson" near her right shoulder, a rebelle fleur on her neck, the words "Thug Life" on her knuckles, a small cross on her collar bone, an Egyptian falcon shaped like a gun on her right foot, and a goddess Isis above her stomach.Known for her wild style, Rihanna made headlines for the sheer dress she wore to the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in June 2014. She was there to receive the CFDA's Fashion Icon Award and told the crowd that "Fashion has always been my defense mechanism," according to an Associated Press report. Rihanna acknowledged that there were some rules to fashion, but explained that "rules are meant to be broken." Around this time, Rihanna made a bold professional move as well. She switched from the Def Jam label to Jay-Z's Roc Nation.
She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere High School, where she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates.
Rihanna is a recording artist, actress, and fashion designer. She made her chart debut in 2005 with "Pon de Replay,” after signing with record label Def Jam Recordings. Her debut album “Music of the Sun” included distinct Caribbean reggae rhythms and dancehall beats fused with synthesized urban dance-pop. The second single from the album was "If It's Lovin' That You Want.” Less than eight months after the release of her debut album, Rihanna launched a second album, A Girl Like Me, in 2006. The album went into the U.S. charts at number five. And the main single from the track, 'SOS', was used in a Nike advertising campaign. 'SOS' became the first number one Billboard single for Rihanna. For her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna embraced a new musical direction through uptempo dance tracks produced by Timbaland, will.i.am and Sean Garrett. Released in May 2007, the album charted at number two in Australia and the US and topped the charts in multiple countries, including Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Russia and the UK. The album received the most positive critical reviews of her first three albums. The lead single, "Umbrella", topped the charts in thirteen countries and remained number one in the UK for ten consecutive weeks, the longest-running number one single since Wet Wet Wet's single "Love Is All Around" spent fifteen weeks at the top in 1994. It was Rihanna's first single to be named one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with sales of over 6.6 million copies. The songs "Shut Up and Drive", "Hate That I Love You" featuring Ne-Yo, and "Don't Stop The Music" were also released as singles.Continuing her onslaught of hit albums, Rihanna released Rated R in 2009 with the singles "Hard" and "Rude Boy." Her 2010 album, Loud, was once again an enormous commercial and critical success behind the songs "What's My Name," "Only Girl (In the World)" and "S&M." Besides her own laundry list of hit songs, Rihanna is also featured on a host of mega hits by other artists, including Jay-Z's "Run this Town," Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" and Kanye West's "All of the Lights." In 2011, Rihanna released her sixth studio album: Talk That Talk. The album included the song "We Found Love," which features DJ Calvin Harris and won the 2013 Grammy Award for best short form music video.
I love the high-risk (guys). I don't like cream puff, corny guys. Usually they are the nice guys, the ones that won't hurt you. They'll pull out the chair for you and the whole nine yards. Everything is perfect and boring. I like the risk, I like the edge. That's the thrill for me.
[on Fashion] Wear the clothes. Don'tlet them wear you.
[on Jesse Williams] Jesse, who's in my music video for 'Russian Roulette', is so hot!
I love flirting at the moment. I'm single and I'm enjoying my freedom. But I don't give my phone number out that often. But if I'm dating, I check the boy from the top to the bottom.
[on what a man needs to impress her] He has to be good in bed and the size matters. You know what I mean? The inner beauty counts as well, but without a toy it doesn't make it fun.
[on her musical sound change] Everyone was really surprised when i started liking new things and changing my image. I was 16 when i was signed and i'm 22 now. My musical taste and image is going to change naturally. It's not forced,i do what comes natural to me. Sometimes i like to be dark... other times i like to be really light and lady-like.
[on size zero models] Being a size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn't try and be like them, it is not realistic and it is not healthy. You shouldn't be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins. They know that if we see an outfit on a mannequin in a shop window we will love it and want to buy it whatever size we are. That's why they have size zero models - they want to sell clothes. But you have to remember that it's not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that."
[on Homophobia] I know that a large part of my fan base is gay. They've shown me love from the start. I mean in this industry, everyone from my glam people to my dancers are gay. You can't be homophobic in this line of work, I’m a pop star! It hurts me when i read fan mail from a fan who have been called names for liking me.
My weight fluctuates, but I don't weigh myself every day. I'm 5ft 8in and weigh around 9st 7lb.
[on Cheryl Cole] I think she is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. Like, how do you have a face like that, with hair like that and dimples, and a body like that, that's proportioned like that? And you have a successful career, something about that is not right.
I spend more time over there (in London) than I spend in L.A., and that's where I live. London is more like my home.