Barbados’ Rihanna makes historic fashion first

Singer Rihanna has a new gig: representing Christian Dior. The storied French fashion house said Friday that she will appear in an upcoming video and print ad campaign filmed in Versailles and slated to run this spring.
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This year might be a banner one for Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna, she’s making history.

Three months into 2015, the singer has already been distinguished for outstanding and even pioneering achievements.

Earlier this week Rihanna was named brand ambassador for Christian Dior, a French-owned fashion company. The appointment makes her the first Black spokesperson for the fashion house in its 70-year history.

“It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color,” the singer said. “To be acknowledged by Dior means a lot, as a woman.”

Her face and image will be seen during their Secret Garden video campaign and in every frame of the brand’s fourth video series.

She will also be the spokesperson and print personality to front their advertizing campaign.

The trailblazing fashion announcement signals an attempt at diversity in the fashion industry which remains conspicuously pale.

The global achievement followed a published cover spotlight on Harper’s Bazaar China where the Caribbean island’s most featured talent decorated a few covers modeling Asian inspired fashion.

In addition, she was recently named creative director at Puma.

Rihanna is also the face of the first ever digital magazine cover.

The first ever to grace the cover of the first moving digital magazine, Rihanna again makes history on the special tablet edition of AnOther.

The 400-page issue features a button, a screen, and an audio jack. Already sold-out at Selfrige’s in London and stores in Paris, the $200-priced, limited edition magazine is activated when buyers click onto the glossy publication.

It is Rihanna that is featured and reportedly the luxury magazines are selling like hot cakes.

Later this month with the release of “Home,” Rihanna will again achieve another feat with her first starring role in an animated movie.

She has recorded the soundtrack to accompany the film and is slated to release her eighth studio album later this year.

Perhaps, the windfall from fame is attributed to Rihanna’s rule of social media claiming 16 million followers on her Instagram profile, and another 42 million fans on her Twitter account.

A feature-length documentary on the Barbados’ pop princess is in production and is reportedly being realized through the efforts of a newly-formed production company founded by Peter Berg who directed the singer in her 2012 movie debut, in the film “Battleship.”

All that has been released about this film is that it is a documentary and that it will present an “unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life and how she’s ascended to become a global icon.”

Berg said he liked the idea of examining “a young artist at the top of her professional field” and said the project will be “much more a character study than a music film.”

The Dior girl has not released an album since 2012.

However, last month she won a Grammy for a collaboration single she recorded with Kanye West.

“FourFiveSeconds” also features Sir. Paul McCartney.

Together the three talented artists performed live at the Grammy awards.

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