NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday December 6, 2016 – Barbadian superstar Rihanna recently added yet another award to her collection, but this time it marked a notable first for her and for women in general.
The “Work” singer became the first-ever female recipient of the Footwear News Achievement Awards’ (FNAA) Shoe of the Year award at a ceremony last week in New York attended by a galaxy of stars from Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jnr to pop sensation Zendaya.
The Bajan songbird bagged the award for her hugely successful Fenty Puma Creepers and showed off her own black and white pair on the red carpet at the ceremony.
Demonstrating the Creepers’ day-to-night versatility, the 28-year-old teamed them with a sparkling anklet and an all-black maxi-length outfit with matching gloves embellished with silver detailing.
In accepting this year’s award, Rihanna said she was “proud to be a woman and proud to be a young woman from Barbados, especially”.
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The singer, actress and designer said she never expected people to love the Creepers as much as she does.
“I didn’t expect people to love it the way I do, and the way they’ve supported it means so much to me,” she said.
She also gave a shout out to her fans and inspiration: “All the Creeper fans and all the kids in the street who inspire me by doing things their own way.”
Now in its 30th year, the FNAA honours designers of bestselling, trendsetting footwear. Rihanna’s Fenty Puma Creepers more than filled the bill, selling out within hours every time new pairs hit the stores following their September 2015 launch.
Rihanna is not the first leading entertainer to win the award, with Kanye West picking up the honour last year for his Yeezy Boost 350. Stan Smith had previously grabbed the gong for the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker in 2014.