Leaked Battered Rihanna Photo Scandal: How This May Have Changed Her Style
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Ever since the notorious "Battered Rihanna" photo surfaced the net back in February 2009, Rihanna hasn't been the same. On February 8, 2009, the singer and her then-boyfriend, singer, Chris Brown got into a physical altercation leaving Rihanna critically injured. Photos of the brutally beaten star taken by the LAPD surfaced the web, leading to internal investigation.
After three years of investigating the photo leak, the officers accused of selling the photos will not be charged due to insufficient evidence. Despite the lack of proof, both officers accused are guilty of some incriminating activities. They may be off the hook for now, but there's a slim chance that they'll keep their jobs.
Pre-Brown incident, the "Where Have You Been" singer had a somewhat squeaky clean image. Even during the Good Girl Gone Bad album when she was dating Brown and developing a more mature image, the starlet was still considered America's sweetheart. It was after the embarrassing and damaging moment in 2009, that Rihanna changed; she became fearless. She transformed into the slick-tongued "rude gal" we know today.
Her style has become more and more edgy and much more authentic than her previous kitschy bad-but-nice-girl image portrayed during Good Girl Gone Bad. With her enviable tattoo collection and her risky and original fashion choices --- Rihanna has become one of the top style icons of today.
Watch the slideshow to see her transformation.