With Unapologetic‘s first video on its way (and, judging from leaked photos, the clip for the current Top 10 hit “Diamonds” promises to be a fiery, post-apocalyptic epic), we’re taking a look back at the Barbadian beauty’s most iconic visuals. Staying on-theme, we’ve chosen seven of them — one from each year that the singer has wowed us. This was no easy task, considering the “S&M” diva seems to release a new single or collaboration every two weeks.
But We think the list below succinctly captures Rihanna’s transformation from dewy pop ingénue to A-list glamazon, with a few interesting stops along the way. But of course, we’d love to know which videos you think have defined Rihanna most in her brief-but-brilliant career so far. Post your suggestions in the comments!
“SOS” (2006): Of the three distinct videos that were filmed for Rihanna’s first #1 smash, we prefer this foliage-festooned performance. Why? Because it perfectly frames the fresh young talent as a force of nature. Also, because we get a charge from one of the YouTube comments regarding the clip’s obvious Nokia shill: “OMG! That cell phone is such a dinosaur. LoL.”