Rihanna Guyanese Biography
Rihanna proudly embraces her Bajan and Guyanese heritage, from being a sun-kissed pop princess to becoming one of the richest self-made women worldwide, always remaining true to herself and staying true to herself.
Monica Braithwaite hails from Guyana. Monica taught the actress the art of cooking Guyana-influenced meals such as pepperpot and curry.
Early Life and Education
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael Parish on February 20, 1988 to Monica and Ronald Fenty; her mother hails from Afro-Guyanese descent, while her father hails from Irish, African, and Scottish backgrounds. As she was growing up she sold clothing with her father at their family-owned street stall while also attending Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere School; unfortunately her childhood was heavily affected by his crack cocaine and alcohol addiction which resulted in physical and emotional abuse by both parents as she witnessed their struggles a lot more closely.
At 15, she began her musical career as part of a girl group. With producer Carl Sturken’s help, she recorded demo tapes for record labels; this process took more than a year as it only happened during school holidays.
Rihanna is an internationally acclaimed superstar known for her charitable endeavors, entrepreneurial efforts and contributions to fashion industry. She founded Clara Lionel Foundation and cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty before going on to lead her own LVMH fashion house.
Rihanna began her musical career by forming a girl group with two classmates and landing an audition with producer Evan Rogers in late 2003. Rogers was immediately impressed by this young, gifted singer.
Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl Like Me (2006) featured her signature blend of roots reggae backings, digital dancehall beats, Destiny’s Child-esque R&B vocals, and Destiny’s Child-style R&B; her voice could range from powerful or earnestly vulnerable. Rated R (2009) was inspired by an altercation with fellow musician Chris Brown; its stark production proved she could do more than pretty summery fare.
Achievement and Honors
Rihanna is an international icon who has won multiple accolades throughout her career, including nine Grammy Awards out of twenty-one nominations.
In 2012, she established the Clara Lionel Foundation to honor her maternal grandparents. The foundation funds various social programs; one initiative being a scholarship program for citizens or residents from Brazil, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica who wish to pursue further study at universities within the US.
Rihanna has made her mark not only with music but also through acting roles in movies like Battleship and This Is the End. Most recently she appeared alongside Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in Ocean’s 8, the female-led reboot of Ocean’s Eleven franchise, as well as appearing as a hacker in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Rihanna’s volatile relationship with former flame Chris Brown and other personal issues have garnered significant media coverage. She’s also taken up acting, appearing as a regular in season 5 of Bates Motel and playing a lead in 2021 sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Rihanna’s Bajan roots could be found throughout her debut album Music of the Sun and its hit single Pon de Replay, which blends skanking reggae with digital dancehall beats. Rihanna then released A Girl Like Me which featured similar sounds, while also displaying Rihanna’s extraordinary vocal range that could switch from commandingly powerful to earnestly vulnerable singing styles.
In 2012, she established the Clara Lionel Foundation in memory of her maternal grandparents to enhance quality-of-life worldwide through education, arts and culture.
Rihanna is a multi-billionaire musician, making her one of the richest female musicians worldwide. Her business empire encompasses various areas.
She earns most of her money through music royalties from sales and streaming platforms as well as concert and tour fees.
Philanthropic work undertaken by her foundation includes disaster relief, support for women’s health and education as well as its work against climate change.
Rihanna recently ventured into business by founding Fenty in collaboration with LVMH. She became the first black woman ever to create an original brand for luxury brand LVMH, estimated to be worth between $2-3 billion and owning 30% of Savage X Fenty (lingerie company). Furthermore, in 2012 she founded Clara Lionel Foundation as an organization focused on combatting social injustices and climate change.