Rihanna’s daring style was on display at the The Council of Fashion Designers of America awards where she accepted her fashion icon accolade.

The Bajan star wore a nude Swarovski Crystal-embellished gown which barely covered her modesty. The singer paired her bold ensemble with a glittering headpiece and fur wrap, which she draped around her waist.

While accepting the award, Riri said she used fashion to make up for any inadequacies she had.

“Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of access to fashion. But as far as I could remember, fashion has always been my defense mechanism. 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.”

See our gallery of stars who attended the event in New York:

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Riri (left) and Solange Knowles, (right) who made her first public appearance since the elevator scandal. Ms Knowles went for a striking metallic floor-length gown.

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Lupita Nyong’o (left) wore an ethnic-inspired jumpsuit, pairing it with red pumps and striking make-up. Jennifer Hudson (right) was stunning in a black, asymmetrical gown and strappy heels.

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Supermodels Iman (left) and Naomi Campbell (right) also made an appearance. Iman wore a blouse and skirt combo, while Naomi rocked a bronze number.

Sources: Getty Images, NYMag