Rihanna was named Italian Vogue's Woman of the Year for the second year in a row. According to the magazine, she won the title due to what they call her "kind and fighting spirit," as well as her "nonconformity," her use of "sexiness and provocation" and her charity work.
Though the magazine acknowledges Rihanna's impressive Facebook and Twitter stats, as well as her current job as the face of Italian designer Armani, as factors in its choice, the decision boiled down to her ability to rise above her circumstances. The magazine mentions the singer's fight to overcome several personal tragedies, including her 2009 assault at the hands of Chris Brown and her father's crack addiction.
Interestingly, Rihanna's tattoos also factored into the editorial decision to celebrate her. Italian Vogue cites the singer's body art as a sign of her nonconformity, listing as examples her tats of the word "love" on her middle finger, the gun tattoo on her thigh and, most recently, the stylized falcon on her foot.
Several Rihanna fans posted their congrats on the singer's honor via Twitter.
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