Robyn Rihanna Fenty, who is best known under her stage moniker, Rihanna, is of average height for a female musician, standing tall at 5 feet, 8 inches in height. She was born on the 20th day of the month of February in the year 1988 in Barbados. Rihanna has multiple siblings that are related primarily through her father, who had children with a number of women while Rihanna was a child. When she was a young child, she often helped her father to work at a stall on the streets of Bridgetown, where they sold clothes. During this time, her father suffered from an addiction to various substances, including alcohol and cocaine. Because of these problems, things were often rocky in her childhood home and her parents finally obtained a divorce when Rihanna was just fourteen years of age. Rihanna was deeply influenced by the local reggae music that was prominent in the culture that she grew up in. She began to actively take an interest in singing when she was just seven years old. During her high school years, she performed in a trio with several of the girls that went to the same school. At this time, she also served in an ROTC program at her school. She did not finish her high school education before setting off to pursue a full-time career as a musical artist. In the winter of the year 2003, Rihanna met someone who had active ties to the music industry. He offered to bring her to the New York area, along with her mother, in order to create tapes of her music that he could then send on to various record companies. Based upon the performances given on these tapes, she was able to obtain a contract with a record label. She decided to permanently move to the United States, living with the same person who had discovered her in Barbados and with his family, so that she could continue to pursue opportunities open to her in the United States. Her first album took just over three months to complete. Her very first single came out to the public in the summer of the year 2005 and hit top spots both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Her full release came out within the same month and was able to achieve a gold status very quickly, although it was met with reviews of a mixed nature from critics.