Rihanna's back... on hunt for style guru
SINGING superstar Rihanna is coming back to Ireland -- but this time she won't be prancing around a field.
The Herald can reveal that the pop princess is coming to Dublin later this month in a search for the next top fashion designer.
The We Found Love singer has teamed up with Girls Aloud star and fashion favourite Nicola Roberts for a new Sky Living show which sees the pair search Ireland and Britain for the next big designer. The show will rival Heidi Klum's hit show Project Catwalk.
Thousands of aspiring designers have already applied to be on the show which will take place in Sky studios in London. But Rihanna (23) and Nicola will be coming to Dublin at the end of the month to hand-pick talented designers to compete on the new show.
"Hundreds of Irish people have already applied for the show. Applications have been accepted for the last few weeks. Rihanna has taken on the role of executive producer for this show so she wants to be involved as much as possible. Sky really wanted to get Rihanna involved, she's the biggest style icon at the moment and she's young and daring.
"Rihanna and Nicola are flying to Dublin in the next few weeks to host a round of auditions with their favourite applicants. Rihanna wants to see some funky young designs, she is really out there with her own fashion sense.
"Nicola will mainly present the show, but Rihanna will send messages to the contestants every week and will appear at the audition stages of the show. She wants to really be involved in the casting of designers," a Sky Living source explained.
And anyone hoping to enter the show should be following the singer's style closely. The winner of the competition will get to design a range of outfits that Rihanna will wear when she headlines the Wireless festival in Hyde Park this July.
The show will also afford budding designers the opportunity to create outfits for celebrities, including Cheryl Cole and Jessie J.
"Sky want this show to reach an international following so they are getting the biggest celebrities involved. Producers have already confirmed Cheryl Cole and Jessie J as special guests," an insider said.