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Rihanna was named “Woman Of The Year” by Vogue Italia magazine. Though she hasn’t posed for the mag since September 2009, they still believe her to be worthy of the title considering her continued success since then. Here’s what they had to say:

“Independent, energetic, the jewel in the crown of Jay-Z’s stable who helped her become such a huge success, the young Robyn Rihanna Fenty (only 23) is our woman of the year and not just by virtue of numbers and figures but also, and foremost, for her kind and fighting spirit. The same spirit that brought her from Barbados to the top of the music charts achieving a career which she has forged and mastered completely by herself (whose last move was to become the new ambassador for Armani).”

“Per aspera ad astra [meaning ‘through hardships to the stars’] read a Latin saying: nothing could fit Rihanna’s rise to success more perfectly. She has managed to cultivate her career despite the many tragedies affecting her private life: from her father’s addiction to crack (her manager until recently when she fired him in relation to the release of some unbecoming statements about her) to the violence caused to her in 2009 by the then boyfriend, Chris Brown.”

“Her career has always been based on the cunning use of sexiness and provocation: from the silver-nude number sported on the video of the hit single Umbrella to the “scandalous” video for S&M. Although her career has also been marked by her involvement in numerous charity projects: she has joined and supported campaigns for the fight against breast cancer as well as the fight against world famine but also offered her help to ill or less fortunate people such as the very young Jasmina Anema who saw the pop star on the frontline in the search for a bone marrow donor to save her from leukaemia – unfortunately in vain.”

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