The term fashion icon is used so loosely nowadays, specifically with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tainting the cover of Vogue Magazine. Vogue’s reputation of status, class, elitism, and exclusivity doesn’t couple well with the branding of reality T.V. and off-the-rack buys from Sears. No disrespect to Sears. Yes I know Rihanna has a reality show too, but hers is about fashion, not exploiting her personal life for financial gain. One journalist compared Kim and Kanye on the cover of Vogue to Meryl Streep being on reality T.V. The two simply just don't belong together.
The 26-year-old, Barbadian born beauty Robyn Rihanna Fenty is an entirely different story. She has made such an impression on the world of fashion, on and off the stage that the Council of Fashion Designers of America is honoring her with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 2.
Rihanna has officially reached fashion icon status. If pictures are worth a thousand words, these are screaming with base! Take a look for yourself.
|Gucci campaign to benefit UNICEF|
|Perfume collection Rogue by Rihanna is projected on London's Marble Arch.|
Paris Fashion Week
So yes, Rihanna is worthy of the coveted and sometimes misused title of fashion icon. Let me reiterate, she's only 26-years-old and has fashion houses begging her to lend them her face and brand. She has international appeal and ad campaigns. She's graced the cover of dozens of magazines. She even walks the streets red carpet ready. To be perfectly fair, she has had a few minor misses, but haven't we all? At this stage in her career she has so much more to show us. I can't wait to see what's next!
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