It’s been only eleven years since Rihanna’s first hit “Umbrella” took the world by storm. Since then, she’s conquered the world with her unique voice, great songs, bold sense of style, and a great understanding of business. Today, she’s been named the richest female musician even though she hasn’t released an album in the last three years.
Irony aside, it’s no surprise to see Rihanna holding this title for she has basically built an empire outside the music industry. With her revolutionary brands Fenty Beauty, Fenty Maison, and Savage X Fenty, she’s conquered the beauty and fashion industries with innovative, inclusive, and trendy products.
According to Forbes, Rihanna is worth about $600 million dollars, followed by Madonna ($570), Celine Dion ($450), and Beyoncé ($400). Though the Barbadian musician has dabbled with acting as well, there’s no doubt that her financial success is the result of her brilliant business vision which hasn’t only done quite well in sales, but which has actually been changing the game in the beauty and fashion industries.
Fenty Beauty was the very first makeup brand to release a wide range of foundation shades (40 originally and expanding) for all skin tones. Since then, all brands have loved, embraced, and copied her idea to the point in which, today, a brand could be canceled if it doesn’t offer an inclusive variety for everybody. Her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty has allowed people of all sizes to embrace their sexiness through appealing and flattering lingerie. And, of course, her latest brand Fenty Maison (in partnership with the LVMH luxury emporium) embraces black culture and style that disrupts mainstream fashion, which keeps positioning her as an avant-garde icon of our generation.
Yes, she might not be doing a lot of music lately (though there are rumors she’s been working on a reggae album), but she’s managed to bring her unique vibe to our lives in a quite effective way. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next since she’s a Queen hard to be dethroned.
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