the R&B singer Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20th 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados.

Rihanna's father is Barbadian and her mother is Guyanese. Rihanna's parents divorced when she was 14.

In high school Rihanna was a member of Barbados' Military Cadets and her drill sergeant just happened to be singer Shontelle.

also in high school like many kids Rihanna had singer group with some of her friends. When Rihanna was 15 she and the other girls in her group meet producer Evan Rogers, while he was on vacation in Barbados. Rogers thought that Rihanna had what it takes to be a star (not so much with her friends in the group) and he and his music partner Carl Sturken helped Rihanna record her demo album while Rihanna was still going to school (they work when Rihanna was on summer and winter break and she could go to the US)

at 16 Rihanna won the Miss Combermere Beauty Pageant also at age 16 Rihanna moved in with Evan Rogers and his wife and finished her demo.

around 2005 Rihanna's demo was heard by then president of Def Jam Jay-Z who signed her to the label.

Rihanna first appeared on Memphis Bleek's song 534.

in 2005 Rihanna released her first album Music of the sun. the album included the hit dance hall song Pon de Replay.

IN 2006 (not even a full year after her first album) Rihanna released her 2nd album A girl like me. A Girl Like Me brought Rihanna her first song to reach number one on the billboard charts with SOS.

the next year Rihanna released her 3rd and most successful album so far with Good Girl Gone Bad. With this Album Rihanna had the hit songs Umbrella, Take a Bow and Disturbia.

also during the time of Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna changed to a more sexual image then the cute teen singer image she started out with.

in 2008 Rihanna released an extended version of Good Girl Gone Bad with Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, which included extra songs and a DVD.

Sadly even though this is the period of Rihanna's greatest success so far this good girl gone bad would soon face some bad times when Rihanna was beaten by her boyfriend R&B singer Chris Brown.

being the victim of domestic abuse is hard on anyone but Rihanna had to deal with all folding out on the public stage. Not only did the photo of a beaten Rihanna taken by the police get released for the public to see, there has been people rumors spread that the beating was Rihanna's fault due to her giving Chris Brown herpes. This rumor is unfounded for 2 reasons it's not true and even so it doesn't make a man beating a woman any more right.

Now it seems that Rihanna is putting Chris Brown behind her, there have been rumors she's been dating Canadian rapper Drake, Basket Ball player Andrew Bynum and probably just because she was featured in one of his music videos there has been a rumor that she is dating Kanye West

Rihanna is rumored to have agreed to pose for Playboy.