Today is the birth date of Rihanna, Our Lady of Immaculate IDGAF, and we're celebrating all day here on Papermag.com. In honor of her 27th year of making this earth a better place, we take a look back on the bad gal's best and most essential moments, A-Z.
Barbados is to Rihanna as Toronto is to Drake. Rihanna reps Barbados just as hard as Drizzy reps the 6, possibly harder. She's even made not one but two tourism commercials for the island she grew up on and every year she goes full goddess for Barbados' Kadooment Day Parade. Has Drake ever looked this good at a Raptors game?
C IS FOR CAKE
Let's just gloss over that other C-word (cough cough, Chris Brown) and go straight to CAKE. Unfortunately, "Birthday Cake," in which we all know that badgal is not talking about actual cake, involves Breezy -- but let's focus on Rihanna's love of literal cake, as pictured above. Also rice cakes! She 27!
D IS FOR DRAKE
Ah, the saga that is and was Rihanna feat. Drake. Starting in 2010, after Chris Brown and Rihanna broke up, Drake and RiRi became a thing, musically and otherwise. Since then, they're been rumored to be hooking up in some capacity as late as last year. According to a salty Chris Brown, Rihanna only dated Drake to get back at him -- but regardless of intent, this union between Drake and Rihanna gave us the beautiful poem that is Drake's verse on "What's My Name," and we'll always be thankful for that. Less pleasantly, the birth of DriDri also gave us the Chris/Rihanna/Drake/Karrueche love quadrangle from hell that will probably haunt our dreams forever.
E IS FOR EYE ROLLS
Rihanna is perhaps at her peak badgal whilst rolling her eyes and her "I can't even" moments are unparalleled.
Photo via Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
F IS FOR FASHION
One side effect of RIhanna's Good Girl Gone Bad transition was her emergence as a style taste-maker. When Rihanna came out with her debut album, she was just a girl from Barbados and dressed as such: cute and trendy, but nothing that would inspire words like these from Tom Ford. Now Rihanna has graced the cover of almost every fashion magazine, appeared as the face of Balmain and Gucci, and when she wears a vintage over-sized Sean John jean jacket we all have to run out and get one ASAP. Now she's even the Creative Director of Puma for the Women's Training Category. Spotted multiple times in ultra wide-legged jeans, she seriously might even have something to do with the impending resurgence of JNCOS. We trust you, Rihanna (so please don't make us wear JNCOS). G IS FOR "GHETTO GOTH"
As noted, Rihanna is a fashion risk-taker, but she started a mild controvery when she ripped the "ghetto goth" aesthetic straight from Tumblr. In doing so, she simultaneously killed the aesthetic for early adopters -- causing the term's originator, Venus X, to shutter her party of the same name (Ghe20 Goth1k) -- and launched it into the mainstream. Although copping Tumblr trends isn't specific to Rihanna, she also did the same thing with seapunk two years earlier on SNL. There's a lot to be said about celebrities swiping the aesthetics of "underground" movements, but in Rihanna's defense, it's not her fault that she's an omniscient oracle of cool who can't help but pick up on trending Tumblr tags. H IS FOR HAIR GAME
Rihanna's hair is so crucial. I like to think of Rihanna as our modern day Rachel, except infinitely cooler. It all started with the Good Girl Gone Bad bob. Then the red Mermaid hair under which Rihanna "ooh na na"-ed all up on Drake. And how could we forget about the bantu knots that momentarily stopped the world and the pink pixie wig that allowed us to believe, however brief, that anything is possible.
I IS FOR INK
It's no secret that Rihanna has a lot of tattoos. According to Rihpedia, the free enclopedia of Rihanna, she has a total of 21. Her first tattoo was a music note on her right foot and her most recent ink job includes those questionable hand tattoos.
J IS FOR JAY Z
I guess we kind of have to thank Jay Z for discovering Rihanna? Nah, let's not waste time on that. K IS FOR KUSH
Although the word "kush" makes me cringe, the fact that weed goes by many names helped out this list a lot because "W" is taken and weed is an essential part of the badgal's DNA. Not only that, but Rihanna is holding it down for all the stoner girls out there, proving that it's possible to be chic and on-point while simultaneously being lazy and stoned. Rihanna affirms that yes, ladies: we can have it all. L IS FOR LOUD
Rihanna's excellent 2010 follow up to her dark Rated R, Loud, marked a triumphant victory over the trauma that is having Chris Brown in your life. Also, that red hair! M IS FOR MAJESTY
Baby Majesty is the star of Rihanna's Instagram. Majesty is Rihanna's second cousin and also a baby, but Rihanna treats her like an equal. They take selfies together, wear matching Miami Heat jerseys, and are basically inseparable. They even wore matching white outfits to Majesty's christening in Barbados. N IS FOR NAVY
In 2012, Rih opened up to Oprah about her relationship with Chris Brown after he assaulted her while leaving the 2009 Grammys. With all the tears and Oprah's less than approving facial reactions, we as a nation felt deeply for badgal as we got to see her vulnerable side. Rihanna's love for Chris Brown was our love for the shitty, inescapable douchebags in our life. Rihanna's tears were our tears.