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The Racy Rebel: Rihanna
This Barbadian beauty with the flawless, sun-kissed skin, beautiful face and perfectly voluptuous body is regarded as one of the world's premier sex symbols. Universally accepted as somewhat of a mini-Beyonce (though she can probably never be that iconic) she’s been included on hundreds of ‘Most Beautiful People’ lists since she exploded on to the music scene just a few years ago.
Rihanna may be one of the best-selling record artists of all time, but her few and far between ‘Top 10’ hits are not quite enough to put her in an Oprah or Madonna bracket of power just yet. In the musical field, however, she's definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Considering she is worth 20 million dollars, she has some catching up to do with her outlandish rival and if the rumours of her being completely broke are true, she has a long, long way to go to even get into the same league.
Here are the facts: Rihanna’s sold over 20 million albums, 60 million singles, and has recorded 4 studio albums, making her one of the most successful bestselling artists of all time. She is also the youngest artist to achieve 10 top ten hits on the Billboard charts. She has been awarded with 4 Grammies and 18 Billboard Music Awards as recognition of her musical success. Not too shabby for a 23 year old!
Both are known to be more than a ‘little daring’, but one is clearly more outrageous than the other. Rihanna has donned everything from a seriously spiked corset bodysuit and the wildest hairdos (ranging from every colour under the sun to spiky madness) to leather bomber jackets et al. However, when she puts on a strapless silk gown, she still looks like a million bucks. Overall, she’s managed to maintain her experimental edge without being ridiculous, which is more than we can say for our ‘lady friend.’
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Lovable Loon: Lady Gaga
Gaga, on the other hand is hardly something to go, well…gaga over. Sure, you’d definitely look at her twice but that’s probably because she may be wearing a dead animal on her head or some other bizarre outfit rather than the stunning looks and physical grace Rihanna is blessed with!
Considering she was recently voted as one of Time Magazine's 'Most Influential People’, we can hardly deny that this is one super diva with immense power to effect social change. Especially since she is the first person ever to reach the 10 million follower mark on Twitter, and commands a legion of rabid fans that will do anything for her.
Gaga earned a cool $62 million last year simply through live performances and record sales according to Forbes, who also added that she had “single-handedly reinvigorated pop music and pop culture." How's that for some validation?
Sales wise, Gaga has some catching up to do since she’s sold 13 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide. However on the awards front, she has already managed to accrue 5 Grammy awards out of 12 nominations and Billboard even named her ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2010.
Gaga is simply put, absolutely deranged as far as style is concerned. We’re all for free-spirited experimentation, but when that involves a dress and cap made of thinly sliced meat, drops of blood painted on your face, or hundreds of ‘Kermit the frogs’ sewed onto your dress, we’re going to have to bow out. We have to admit that she’s managed to create a seriously unique (a la Madonna) image for herself, not to mention garner some major publicity as a result of all her experiments with fashion.
-Picture courtesy Reuters-
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