BIRTHDAY GIRL: 30 reasons Rihanna is the ultimate BOSS

We can't wait to see what she does next.

In honor of her 30th birthday, we're taking a look back at all the reasons why we love this beautiful bad girl who never stops inspiring us to be a BOSS.

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Rihanna has been a boss since she burst onto the scene in 2005 at the tender age of 17. In honor of her 30th birthday, we’re taking a look back at her fierce style game, amazing album releases, hot hair moments, and all the reasons why we love this beautiful bad girl who never stops inspiring us to be a BOSS.

Teen Dream

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Rihanna hit the music scene in 2005 after being signed to Jay-Z‘s label, Rockafella Records. Her debit single, “Pon De Replay” put her on the map and radio couldn’t stop spinning the addictive tune.

New School

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The 17-year-old singer had a thick accent and a sparkle in her eye when she started out in the music game alongside label mates, Ne-Yo and Teairra Marie.

Who’s That Girl?

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It wasn’t long before RiRi dropped Music of The Sun and the world took notice of the new girl who seemed a bit mysterious and a LOT beautiful.

Good Girl Gone Bad

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Rihanna took over the game when she dropped “Umbrella” in 2007 and debuted a drastically different ‘do in a darker hue.

Love in a Hopeless Place

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Rihanna’s romance with Chris Brown seemed picture perfect until things turned viciously violent in 2009. Since then, RiRi has been honest about how hard it was to leave him, even after domestic violence became an issue.


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Rihanna didn’t let her breakup with Chris Brown keep her down. She was back on the scene serving up style and sex appeal shortly after the controversy erupted.

Getting Loud

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By 2010, Rihanna was ready to get LOUD and rocked an even shorter, edgier hairstyle, inspiring fans around the world to chop their tresses.

Lady In Red

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Rihanna has rocked almost every hairstyle and color imaginable but her red moment was one of her most exciting phases.

Rated R

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Rihanna has never been one to kiss and tell, but her sizzling relationship with Drake was hard to hide from fans.

Naughty or Nice?

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RiRi teamed up with another pop star queen with a pension for pushing the envelope when she locked lips with Britney Spears onstage at the Billboard Music Awards in 2011.

Short Hair, Don’t Care

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Rihanna proved she doesn’t need long hair to be sexy when she debuted this bold pixie cut in 2012.

All Wrapped Up

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Rihanna nabbed the Icon Award at the American Music Awards with her hair wrapped up for bedtime, proving she doesn’t give AF about what the status quo has to say about her hair game.

Baring All

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The singer dropped Unapologetic and adapted the album’s title as her personal style mantra, showing off her goodies with no shame in her game. It’s the moment that sealed her in the minds of many as a style icon.

Bad Girl Doing Good

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Rihanna invests her time helping out several charities and non-profit organizations, including amfAR. Even when she’s good, she’s bad!

Collab Queen

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When Rihanna’s on a song, you can expect an instant upgrade. Whether she’s joining Eminem, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, or Kanye West, this girl takes tracks from good to great effortlessly.

Art Freak

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In 2015, RiRi dropped her eighth album, Anti, and debuted some risky artwork for the project, continuing to push fans out of their comfort zones.

Smells Like Success

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Rihanna has released several fragrances including RiRi by Rihanna. Who knew this would be a stepping stone to her future beauty world takeover?


Serious Side Hustle

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She dropped her Fenty PUMA collection in 2016; proving her side hustles are just as fab as her music career.

Sexy Sportsfan

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No F’s Given

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Rihanna can go from classy couture to completely casual without batting an eyelash and she never fails to keeping it real for her fans.

Fearless Fashionista

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Who else could make a get up like this look so good? Rihanna’s fearless fashion sense has made her one to watch

Double Duty

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Rihanna’s talents aren’t confined to the recording studio. She has starred in several films over the years. Watch for her in her next big screen appearance in Ocean’s 8 heading our way this summer.

Diamonds Are Forever

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In 2017, RiRI added “jewelry designer” to her long list of talents when she dropped the Rihanna X Chopard Collection at the Cannes Film Festival.

Beauty Boss

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In 2017, Rihanna added “makeup mogul” to her resume by launching Fenty Beauty. As a result of incredible initial sales and fantastic customer reviews, TIME Magazine named the line one of the best inventions of the year.

Design Diva

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Rihanna bosses up every time PUMA asks her to design a line. Her fashions repeatedly sell out before most fans can get their hands on them.

Family First

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Rihanna has always remained close to her family and Barbadian homeland. Her Annual Diamond Ball Benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation was named for her grandmother.

No Chill

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Rihanna continues to raise the bar when it comes to her beauty business, launching 14 delicious shades in 2018 with the promise of crave-worthy eyeshadow palettes on the way.

Killer Curves

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The Bajan beauty showed off some serious body positivity at the 2018 Grammy Awards, proving she’s just as confident with a little meat on her bones as she is when she rocks a size 0. It’s all good either way.


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Rihanna has a knack for helping rappers reach their full potential, and her work with Kendrick Lamar is no different. The rapper admitted she outdid him on his own track when the pair picked up a Grammy this year for their hit collab, “Loyalty.”

Birthday Girl


Rihanna doesn’t seem too bothered about turning 30, and why should she be? This gorgeous woman is only getting better with age and we can’t wait to see what’s next.