Rihanna is a hot topic--no doubt about it. And now more so than ever; what with her exhibitionist-like ensembles, her dramatic Twitter love triangle with ex Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran, complete with provocative and revealing posts and pics, not to mention her musical talent and her new film, Battleship. And Complex has taken note, crowning the Barbadian beauty with the number one spot on its 25 Sexiest Musicians Under 25 list.
There's no denying Ri Ri, 24, is sexy, but does the "You Da One" singer deserve the superlative honor? After all, there are different types of sexiness; both an understated sizzle and a more explicit one. She delivers a sultry factor that is of the very overt and in-your-face variety, flaunting what she's got in rare form. And her seemingly extreme sense of self-confidence is admirable. She knows how to attract stares and attention, that is for sure.
It's interesting that Complex's number two is a singer who has sometimes been likened to Rihanna herself. Rita Ora not only has a powerful voice (she's even covered Ri Ri's "We Found Love" track), but also an undeniably sexy look with a come-hither hip-hop style and platinum blonde locks that are certainly Rihanna-esque.
As for those talked-about Disney-turned-rather-daring girls, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, they placed at the number 10 and 13 spots, respectively. However, their heart-throb boyfriends Justin Bieber and Liam Hemsworth might disagree with their ranking! That's okay. They are a few years younger than Ri Ri and still have time to win bigger. It's interesting, though, how both girls have transitioned from teeny-bopper princesses to way-more-provocative starlets. Cyrus, of course, has far more controversial moments to her name right now. But Gomez may throw fans for a loop in her racy Spring Breakers role.
Like all "sexy" musicians, or singer-actresses, as is the case with Ri Ri, Gomez and Cyrus, there has to be a fine balance between substance and superficiality, between racking up those accolades for all the right reasons (talent!) and attracting attention for perhaps all the wrong ones.