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A Look at Rihanna's Biggest Milestones for Her 32nd Birthday

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By Audrianna Wichman

Happy birthday, Rihanna! Today, February 20th, marks the icon's 32nd birthday. Born in 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna has become one of the most successful and famous people in the world. Not only is she famed for her incredible vocal talent and wide versatility, but she is adored worldwide for in the worlds of fashion, design and makeup, as well. To celebrate her monumental life, here are some of her most impressive, fame inducing and iconic accomplishments to date.

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Riri's Rise to Fame

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Rihanna rise to success in every aspect of her career can be credited to her start in the music industry. It all started in 2003 when music producer Evan Rogers was on vacation in Barbados with his wife. Business Insider reports that Rihanna was just 15 years old at the time, and she blew the producer away with her vocal talent, and after recording her 2004 song "Pon de Replay" Jay Z had her signed to record label Def Jam.

How Many Records?!

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Rihanna's success as a musician has skyrocketed beyond belief from her humble beginning in Barbados. Her style has evolved since the beginning of her career, and she tells the Star-Phoenix of her edgy image and attitude:

"I just want to have a little more fun with my music and be a little more experimental in terms of my image and my sound. I just reinvented myself.”

In her career thus far she has sold a whopping 280 million records worldwide and has a net worth of $260 million.

Not Just Music, But Makeup, Too!

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As if her talent wasn't impressive enough, Rihanna delighted both fans and the beauty world in 2017 when she launched her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty. Her message in cosmetics is about being inclusive, and she carefully crafts shades of foundation, concealer and powder for every skin tone imaginable. She also selects models and makeup artists for campaigns that represent this vision. In addition to complexion products, Fenty Beauty also includes eyeshadow, lipstick, highlighters, and the cult favorite lip gloss, Fenty Gloss Bomb.

Undergarments, Too!

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In addition to Fenty Beauty, Rihanna launched a brand of lingerie that captures her message of inclusivity, acceptance and body-positivity. Savage x Fenty was founded in 2017 and has skyrocketed ever since. Rihanna uses the brand to highlight the beauty of all body shapes and sizes and encourage women to feel empowered in their own skin. Rihanna's achievements show not only her immense talent and versatility in her career, but they show off her stunning character, too, as she uses her fame and opportunities to bring positivity and empowerment to the world.

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