Rihanna Then and Now - Exploits of a Barbadian Ragdoll
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Rihanna was born to a very average Barbadian family, with an accountant mother and a crack addict for a father, which seemingly affected her early life profoundly. She was reportedly a very shy kid who found an outlet through her singing. Rihanna's first publics appearances include participating in a Miss Combermere Beauty Pagean which she won and a performance of Mariah Carey's Hero at her school talent show. Things started to change in her life when she was met a NewYork based producer who took her to States for recording demo songs. The demo recordings generated a lot of interest and got the attention of Jay-Z who signed her on. This was the beginning of a remarkable hollywood transformation that changed Rihanna for ever. Some time later in 2005, she released her debut album Music of the Sun with the hit single Pon De Replay which climed to number 2 in both US and UK. Her second single Unfaithful also made it to the number 6 position which was her third song which made it to the top ten. This hit single also got her the four Billboard Music Awards, at the same time there were some rumors flying about of her being involved with Jay Z which brought some welcome media exposure, dirty nonetheless. This was apparently pretty huge because Jay Z was courting Beyonce at the time.
Here's a look at a very young Rihanna.
Yet another huge personality change occurred when Rihanna decided to shed her 'good girl' image at the time of release of her third album Good Girl Gone Bad, following in the steps of Janet Jackson and Christina she goes for a slutty look, but not yet trashy. Her album had the hot single Umbrella which reached number one on the Billboards. She also became the face of Cover Girl Cosmetics and appeared in the Peoples magazine and Maxims Hot 100. This album also featured the song Rehab which also reached the number 2 spot quickly. In 2007, she won two VMAs for 'monster single of the year' and 'video of the year', both for her single Umbrella.
While riding on her massive success, the media had become restless on Rihanna'a increasingly slutty outbursts in open public events. Here's a look at the newly transformed, border line trashy Rihanna.