Rihanna arrives on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles. (July 25, 2011)

*Vogue Italia has crowned 23-year-old Rihanna as its Woman of the Year, citing her charity work, music career and the way she handled such personal issues as her troubled relationships with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and her father Ronald Fenty.

Vogue Italia posted on its blog: “Independent, energetic, the young Robyn Rihanna Fenty (only 23) is our woman of the year and not just by virtue of numbers and figures but also, and foremost, for her kind and fighting spirit. The same spirit that brought her from Barbados to the top of the music charts achieving a career which she has forged and mastered completely by herself (whose last move was to become the new ambassador for Armani).

“Rihanna is the undisputed best contender to the role of queen of pop. Her career has always been based on the cunning use of sexiness and provocation.

“She has managed to cultivate her career despite the many tragedies affecting her private life: from her father’s addiction to crack… to the violence caused to her in 2009 by then-boyfriend Chris.”

Rihanna, who first graced the cover of the famous fashion magazine in September 2009, was also singled out for her campaign against breast cancer and search for a bone marrow donor for Jasmina Anema, a young fan battling leukemia.

The post continued: “She has joined and supported campaigns for the fight against breast cancer as well as the fight against world famine but also offered her help to ill or less fortunate people such as the very young Jasmina Anema who saw the popstar on the frontline in the search for a bone marrow donor to save her from leukemia.”