LifestyleStyle Rihanna's dress at the CFDA Awards bares (almost) all Rihanna accepts the Fashion Icon award at the CFDA Fashion Awards in NYC. Photo Credit: Getty Images/D Dipasupil By NINA RUGGIERO Updated June 3, 2014 11:11 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email It's Rihanna's risk-taking that makes her a star among the fashion elite, and the brave beauty did what she does best-- turned heads-- Monday night at the CFDA Fashion Awards in NYC as she accepted her Fashion Icon award. Not just anyone would stand beside Anna Wintour in a completely see-through dress, but RiRi did it with pride, drenched in 216,000 Swarovski crystals that made her over-exposed assets shine. The gown was custom-made by Adam Selman, who has crafted many a stage costume for the singer, and was accessorized with a sparkling headwrap-- and noticeably not with a bra. "Rihanna speaks to her fans with her every look," Wintour said on stage. "The point is to be audacious, even jaw-dropping or button-pushing — and yes, we know she enjoys pushing buttons — while remaining true to yourself." Rihanna, who grew up in Barbados, said she was relying on fashion to make a statement long before it was her time in the spotlight. "As far as I could remember, fashion has always been my defense mechanism," she said. "Even as a child I remember thinking, 'She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.' And to this day I mean, that is how I think about it. I can compensate for all my weaknesses with my fashion." By NINA RUGGIERO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.