When Rihanna first burst onto the scene, she was known simply as the Barbadian recording artist under Jay-Z’s wing. Hits like "Pon de Replay" came fast and furious to radio streams and the long-haired beauty was sweet enough to earn the nickname "Little Miss Sunshine". But suddenly this good girl went bad, and 2007 allowed Rihanna to tap into a darker, sexier image – one that she says is truer to self.
Fortunately, this change in attitude also meant a change in wardrobe, and the singer became a staple in the front rows at fashion week, fearlessly wearing avant-garde labels like Maison Martin Margiela and chopping her locks into an edgy punk-rock 'do. And for now, Rihanna is tapping into an even darker side, hitting back at ex-boyfriend Chris Brown with sharp-tongued lyrics in a new album worthy of its title: Rated R.