Rihanna Storms CFDA Awards In See-Through Dress: Watch Her Speech & Victory Twerk

Christina Lee | June 3, 2014 7:10 am

Rihanna joined the ranks of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Hurley and Jennifer Lopez when she showed up at the CFDA Awards on June 2. Appearing as a modern-day Josephine Baker, she wore a sheer dress decorated in over 200,000 Swarovski crystals, with matching gloves, a nude thong and a pink stole.

“The dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed,” designer Adam Selman said to Style. Watch, though – this dress will soon have its own Wikipedia entry, as “Sheer Adam Selman dress of Rihanna.”

Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and Rihanna’s texting buddy, later presented her with the Fashion Icon Award. “Rihanna speaks to her fans with her every look,” she said. “And what she says to them — and I include all of us in that group — is that it’s fun to feel a little boyish one day and dress up like a dazzling diva the next. I think that’s what she was going for tonight.” The crowd laughed.

During her acceptance speech, Rihanna sounded humbled. She explained how she would use fashion as a defense mechanism. “”Even as a child I remember thinking, ‘She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit,’” she said, cocking her head as if declaring a no-basic zone. After the CFDA Awards, however, her entourage cheered her on as Rihanna let out a victory twerk. See the legendary moments below.

[via The Cut]