Rihanna 'blended in' at start of career

Rihanna has said that she 'blended in' at the start of her career.

She told Showbiz Spy: 'I had a ridiculous schedule. It was kind of unfair. But I kept going. I was focusing on getting people to respect me as an artist, making my stamp in the industry.

'I wasn't 100 percent or even 75 percent in control of my image or my sound. I said, 'if you guys keep this perfect image of me, people will never notice me.'

'I kind of blended in. It was safe, the blonde, curly hair. It was safe; the blonde curly hair. It was a formula. I didn't want to be like all the other artists. I wanted to stand out.

'And the only way I could do that was by taking charge of my image and sound. And it worked. 'Good Girl Gone Bad' was a big turning point for me.'