Singer Rihanna poses on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in New York, May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Barbadian singer Rihanna has been named 'Woman of the Year' by Italian Vogue.

Recently in news for her controversial music video of the international single "Man Down", and for surpassing Lady Gaga in the the number of Facebook fans, the singer was honored for her charity work. She was also honoured for her pop success and her ability to tackle her personal life problems, including a disastrous relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and a drug addict father Ronald Fenty.

The magazine said: "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 undoubtedly the best contender for the role of queen of pop, considering her popularity and successes. She is known to be raunchy and has made the best of being a fashion diva, along with possessing a beautiful voice.

"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 [her] then-boyfriend, Chris."

The list of causes for which Rihanna stood by include - campaigning to raise awareness for breast cancer and world famine,working tirelessly to find a bone marrow donor for Jasmina Anema, a young fan battling Leukaemia, reported China Daily.

The blog post by Italian Vogue said: "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 pop star on the front-line in the search for a bone marrow donor to save her from leukemia."