Rihanna Dishes Out $160,000 for Marilyn Monroe Portrait
When it comes to being sexy, there are few stars in modern pop culture who have the look and persona down quite like Rihanna. So, it shouldn't come as a shocker that the edgy 'S&M' songstress admires the ultimate sex icon -- Ms. Marilyn Monroe. In fact, Rihanna loves Marilyn so much, she wants to look at her beautiful image every day.
The Barbados native recently purchased a crystal-encrusted portrait of Monroe as a decorative piece for her Los Angeles abode. According to a source who spoke to The Sun, Rihanna relates to Monroe because of the difficulties the 'Some Like It Hot' starlet encountered with fame. The Sun also reports that the Marilyn portrait is five square feet, weighs nearly 200 pounds, consists of more 65,000 Swarovski crystals and cost RiRi rougly $160,000!
Rihanna actually commissioned British artist Claire Milner (through the company Gemstone Creative, according to the Daily Mail) to create the portrait, which is done mostly in shades of green, blue, black and white, for her L.A. home. When asked about the artwork, Milner said, "I tried to show the glitter of the public life and then the sadness in Marilyn's eyes."
Milner continued, "Because of who Rihanna is, everything had to be done through her interior decorators. But they told me afterwards that she loved it." She then went on to say that "A 100 per cent Swarovski crystal portrait is very luxurious," explaining that "people stand and stare because it constantly changes colour, sending rainbows round the room." Sounds like it will be the perfect addition to Rihanna's swanky digs!
This isn't the first piece of bedazzled art Rihanna has decorated her home with. The 'We Found Love' hitmaker also bought a gun chandelier for her 12-bedroom mansion in Hollywood. She also has an entire room dedicated to another one of her idols -- reggae icon Bob Marley.