Rihanna was honoured with the Fashion Icon Award at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Award Reuters

She is often dubbed the 'Good Girl Gone Bad', so it was only right that Rihanna lived up to her name when she arrived at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.

The singer left little to the imagination when she walked the red carpet at the annual fashion event in a backless risqué outfit.

Her see-through dress, designed by Adam Selman, comprised of a total of 216,000 Swarovski crystals and showed of her famous curves. The look was completed with a matching embellished headscarf, gloves and a fur shrug.

The 26-year-old star turned up the heat further by going braless for the occasion, giving photographers more than they bargained for. Although her breasts were clearly on show, her modesty was protested with the help of nude underwear.

RiRi's love for bold and daring outfits are likely to be the reason why she was honoured with the Fashion Icon Award.

She was presented with the prestigious accolade - whose previous winners include Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman - by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

"I grew up in a really small island and I didn't have a lot of access to fashion but as far as I can remember, fashion has always been a defence mechanism. I remember thinking "she can beat me, but not my outfit,"' Rihanna told the audience as she accepted her award.

According to renowned designer Zac Posen, The Diamond singer's evolution from fashion novice to risk-taker with a rebellious streak has helped her become a style icon.

"She takes risks and she marches to her own drum and she knows what she likes," Posen told The Associated Press ahead of the ceremony. "It's been an incredible journey."

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Rihanna arrives for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards at Lincoln Centre in New York Reuters/Getty