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RiRi earns prestigious fashion icon award

New York - Rihanna earned an icon award at the American Music Awards last year. Now she's receiving a similar honour from the fashion world.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced on Monday that the 26-year-old pop star will receive the CFDA Fashion Icon Award on June 2 in New York City.

Barbadian singer Rihanna poses arrives at the Christian Dior 2014/2015 Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on February 28, 2014 in Paris. Photo: PATRICK KOVARIKFILE - This Nov. 24, 2013 file photo shows singer Rihanna performing on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Photo: John Shearer/Invision/APRihanna arrives at Miu Miu's ready to wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris on March 5, 2014. Photo: Zacharie ScheurerRihanna attends the MAC Cosmetics Launch of Viva Glam Rihanna at MAC Store Soho on January 29, 2014 in New York City. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for MAC Cosmetics/AFPRihanna features in a campaign for French label Balmain.

The award is given to one whose style has made a tremendous impact on pop culture around the world. Past recipients include Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held at Lincoln Centre's Alice Tully Hall.

Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA said: "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."

As well as modelling designer wear and representing fashion houses such as Balmain, Rihanna has actively been involved in fashion, designing a range for British clothing chain River Island.

She was also recently at Paris fashion week, where she was spotted at shows by Lanvin, Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons, Givenchy and Stella McCartney.

Rihanna, 26, has previously acknowledged the huge role fashion and style have played in helping build her career.

She said: "It's not all down to my voice. There's people with way more talent than I when it comes to singing. Bigger voices. But people want to know who you are. Fashion is a clear indication, a way to express your attitude, your mood."

Past recipients of the Fashion Icon Award include Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman.

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place on Monday, June 2 in New York.

Rihanna will launch a three-date co-headlining tour with Eminem on August 8 in Los Angeles. The artists have collaborated on the No. 1 hits ‘The Monster’ and ‘Love the Way You Lie’.

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