Loop Woman of the Year 2019: Rihanna
Rihanna and Prime Minister Mia Mottley (FILE)
The wait is over and that Rihanna reign just won't let up.
Now the richest female musician, Rihanna herself said that 2019 was "overwhelming" as she stepped into new realms, leveled up and tried to balance work, family and love.
And this year has truly been one of her most diverse years.
- Rihanna added FENTY the fashion brand to her fashion portfolio of Savage x Fenty, Fenty Beauty and her Puma and River Island collabs. This historic partnership with LVMH Moët Hennessy (LVMH), the largest luxury goods conglomerate in the world saw Barbados' Bajan Gem become the first black woman to sit at the helm of a major fashion label and house.
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- Breaking tradition and introducing a new "lewk" to Barbados' Kadooment, for the first time ever Ri Ri brought high fashion to Grand Kadooment and Aura, instead of rocking a bikini, beads, gemstones, feathers and heels as is customary.
- Rihanna was in Guava Island. This was her first role in a musical film.
- Rihanna has broken yet another record appearing on her 25th Vogue Magazine cover.
- Rihanna honoured Barbados' first female prime minister the Hon. Mia Mottley at the 2019 Diamond Ball, as she continues her philanthropy.
- Rihanna dropped her first book, a visual autobiography entitled RIHANNA. If you're Caribbean, you may call it an "album" as it is a photo book, and it shot to #1 on the Top 100 Bestseller list.
- Her new fashion line - FENTY, was nominated for an international fashion award. Fenty was nominated in the 2019 British Fashion Awards in the category of Urban Luxe.
- FENTY won its first fashion award months after its start. FENTY won the Urban Luxe category award in December 2019.
- A documentary is coming.
Rihanna may not have dropped the album that her fans were eagerly awaiting down to the last seconds in the year 2019, but Rihanna did her thing in the final year of the decade and took many Ws.
For her achievements, daring and bold steps outside of the box, and her consistency to philanthropy and her home country, Rihanna is Loop's Woman of the Year 2019.