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Sure, we've been thinking of Rihanna as a fashion icon for a while, but now it's official.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has just announced that the 26-year-old singer will be honored with the prestigious Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 Fashion Awards Ceremony.

"We are proud to present Rihanna with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award for her impact on the industry as fashion's most exciting ambassador in recent memory," said Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA, in a statement.

Looks like years of fearless sartorial risk-taking finally paid off for the Barbados native. Always one to buck the trend, Rihanna has been raising eyebrows for what seems like forever, stepping out in daring designer ensembles. We've got to admit: when it comes to fashion and beauty, RiRi fully commits. 


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And considering this news, her presence at Paris Fashion Week this past season makes all the more sense. She was a veritable fixture, hitting up shows like Lanvin, Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons, Givenchy and Stella McCartney. 

The CFDA is known for giving this award to fashion eccentrics; in 2011 Lady Gaga was honored with the award, and in 2012 Johnny Depp was the recipient…although he was a no-show at the ceremony.

But even though Johnny was too cool for fashion school, we have a feeling Rihanna will show up to receive her award in person on June 2. The big question is…what will she wear?! We're guessing something sheer.

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