Rihanna: 'Vogue Italia' Woman of the Year

by Antoinette Bueno 10:42 AM PDT, July 06, 2012
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Rihanna's popularity is showing no signs of slowing down. The 24-year-old superstar has just been named Vogue Italia's 2012 Woman of the Year for the second year in a row.

"Independent, energetic, the jewel in the crown of Jay-Z's stable who helped her become such a huge success, the young Robyn Rihanna Fenty is our woman of the year and not just by virtue of numbers and figures but also, and foremost, for her kind and fighting spirit," Vogue Italia writes.

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The magazine also praises her for her involvement in numerous charity projects and her "nonconformity."

"Constantly growing from an artistic point of view, Rihanna is our woman of the year because of what she does. But most of all because of who she is," they write.

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And clearly it's a good time to be Rihanna -- her high-fashion honor comes on the heels of the release of her well-received August Harper's Bazaar cover, where she opens up about the emotional aftermath of her relationship with Chris Brown, and shows off her slimmer than ever physique in a slinky Calvin Klein Collection crepe dress.