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Rihanna to Be Named CFDA Fashion Icon: A Look Back at Her Most Head-Turning Style Moments

03/24/2014 at 08:30 AM ET

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When we think of Rihanna‘s style, the first word that comes to mind is fearless. The singer isn’t afraid to take some major risks on and off the red carpet. So it’s no surprise the CFDA will be celebrating her creative sartorial choices by honoring her with the 2014 Fashion Icon Award.

“We are proud to present Rihanna with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award for her impact on the industry as fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memory,” Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA, said in a statement.

In the past year, the superstar has proved her love for bold statement-making looks (and that every design house on the planet wants to dress her). From left, her red wrapped-bodice custom Azzedine Alaïa gown — worn the 2013 Grammys — is still one of the most talked about best dressed moments in the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices. Next, she introduced us to the long open cardi dress (she ditched the bra underneath, of course), at the Chanel Haute Couture fashion show in Paris last July. At the American Music Awards in November, she not only dared to bare in a Jean Paul Gaultier two-piece ensemble, but she took it to the next level in the hair department sporting a doobie wrap.

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For the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch in January, Rihanna selected a long-sleeve striped blouse and coordinating striped skirt with a thigh-high split (both Altuzarra). Finally — probably one of her most glam moments in recent months — she wore a draped yellow satin Alexandre Vauthier gown featuring a plunging neckline and dramatic slit at the Clive Davis annual Grammy party.

RiRi follows winners such as Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, and Nicole Kidman and will be presented the award on June 2 at the annual CFDA Fashion Awards. Do you think Rihanna deserves the icon award? Are you a fan of her style? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

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Connie on

Rihanna was blessed with the most amazing body.
She is such a daring trendsetter. There’s nothing that
She wears that doesn’t make you drool.

Amess on

Love Her, she’s so talented!

CHASE on

she is a queen a deserves it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brandy on

I wish I had her body or her trainer!! (smile)

Jessica on

I’m not a fan of Rihanna, but I do respect the fact that she’s not afraid to take fashion risks. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Plus, she’s young and she has the body to pull-off the skin-tight stuff. So, why not?

BZ on

“the first word that comes to mind is fearless”
This woman wears full fur coats so the first word that comes to my mind is animal fear. She must not care that Chinese don’t take the time to kill the animals before skinning them. Not stylish – cruel.

bernard and india walker on

8yrs . Diamonds get brighter and more carats More fans and awards . More music. More cake and Bling !!. Did I leave out any thing !!! Naw Vevos in their all 20

Jessica on

Rihanna is gorgeous. I’m so over Beyoncé.

Denese on

lovely and well deserving

Norbert Gottlieb on

…..Rihanna is absolutely cool…..

 

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