The Reinvention of Rihanna?

Rihanna
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 27, 2009

1 of 22 SplashNews

Rihanna’s been vacationing in Barbados, gearing up for international and domestic concert tours, visiting family and friends in her native land and catering to her Piscean instincts by unwinding near the shores.

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2 of 22 Karen Detrick

Although Rihanna has been criticized by the media for not speaking out on domestic violence, she has been giving back in other ways, like visiting Jasmina Anema, a 6-year-old suffering with a rare form of cancer who is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

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3 of 22 SplashNews

Rihanna jet-sets to Barbados to spend time with her grandparents and celebrate their anniversary. The star has been spending more time with family since that fateful February night.

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4 of 22 SplashNews

Rihanna returns to Los Angeles after spending time in her homeland, Barbados.

“Rihanna and Chris need to spend time apart and seek professional help,” says relationship expert Dr. Gail E. Wyatt. “I don’t mean a minister or your family.”

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5 of 22 SplashNews

Rihanna’s rugged-chic attire and tussled mohawk match her playful and carefree spirit as she strolls around New York’s West Village.

“Just because she’s an entertainer doesn’t mean that Rihanna is a poster child for domestic violence,” says Wyatt. “She must first admit that she is a battered woman before she can move forward.”

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6 of 22 SplashNews

Perhaps Barbados has been a source of healing for Rihanna. The pop star has made frequent visits to her hometown since her reported split with Chris Brown. Here, she’s seen arriving at the island’s airport.

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7 of 22 SplashNews

Rihanna arrives in Hawaii for her first performance since February. She continues to record new music in preparation of her next album.

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8 of 22 SplashNews

From Los Angeles to New York, Rihanna has remained on the party scene. Paparazzi snapped her leaving L.A.‘s Bar Deluxe with friends recently. It seems she’s trying to enjoy life despite her public relationship drama, and she’s even been rumored to have had romantic liaisons with an NBA baller and labelmate Kanye West.

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9 of 22 INF

Looking pensive and a bit camera shy, Rihanna rocks her gothic-chic style for dinner at Nobu in Los Angeles in March. The pop star, known for her affinity for body art, added a new tattoo below her rib cage of a gun recently, suggesting that she’s now armed and dangerous.

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10 of 22 INF

Rihanna hits the recording studio to work on her new album in Santa Monica, California. Her reps have said that rumors she is working on a duet with Chris Brown are not true.

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11 of 22 WENN.com

The fashion-forward star always has a leg up on the competition. And we think her style has taken on an edgier, more playful vibe since the drama.

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12 of 22 Anders Overgaard

Rihanna’s good-girl-gone-bad image makes her appear fearless and free-spirited as she plays pool for an ESSENCE photo shoot in Barbados.

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13 of 22 Anders Overgaard

On February 20, Rihanna celebrated her twenty-first birthday, and true to her Piscean trait, she enjoyed her special day near the calming waters of Barbados.

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14 of 22 Anders Overgaard

Rihanna works the camera as only she can during an ESSENCE photo shoot.

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15 of 22 Anders Overgaard

Rihanna enjoys the coolness of a Barbadian beach at an ESSENCE photo shoot.

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16 of 22 Anders Overgaard

Rihanna exudes and air of sophistication beyond her years.

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17 of 22 Anders Overgaard (STYLING BY AGNES CAMMOCK)

Free as a bird, the Barbadian beauty is on top of the world in her native homeland.

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20 of 22 Robert Maxwell

Whether on set or off, Rihanna stays camera-ready, giving photographers exactly what they want.

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21 of 22 Getty Image

Looking more sassy than sweet, Rihanna heats up the red carpet at the Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). The “Good Girl Gone Bad” singer spices it up in a Dolce & Gabbana cropped pant suit with a haute couture tuxedo jacket. We are lovin’ the exaggerated shoulders that only a true risk-taking fashionista could pull off. It appears the megastar is doing just fine since taking a break from boyfriend Chris Brown.

22 of 22 Getty Image

Rihanna is electric after dinner at Katsuya Restaurant in Hollywood on April 30.

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