6 Reasons Amber Riley Is A Curvy Style Icon

And a role model for ALL women.

We knew Amber Riley was no shrinking violet the first time we watched her belt out high note after high note on the Fox comedy-drama series "Glee." Just as her fictional character Mercedes Jones grew to accept how beautiful she is, Riley's personal style off screen also blossomed.

The Los Angeles native even turned her love for fashion into a business, launching an online clothing boutique with her sister called Rileyland Fashions. Fans can literally buy some of the clothes off Riley's back and shop for more designs that are truly figure-flattering and modern.

In honor of her 30th birthday on Feb. 15, we've listed six very good reasons below why you can always turn to the powerhouse vocalist for inspiration.

1. She isn't afraid to wear bold prints and colors from head to toe.

Amber Riley stands out on the red carpet with vibrant outfits.
Amber Riley stands out on the red carpet with vibrant outfits.

2. She doesn't conform to bogus style rules. Rock that crop top, queen!

Amber Riley attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards.
Amber Riley attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards.

3. She flexes her beautiful figure in body-con dresses.

Amber Riley shows us three ways to dress up and down a body-con dress.
Amber Riley shows us three ways to dress up and down a body-con dress.

4. She has perfected the casual-and-cool denim look.

Amber Riley rocks a black blazer and ripped denim during a visit to the SiriusXM Studio in New York City.
Amber Riley rocks a black blazer and ripped denim during a visit to the SiriusXM Studio in New York City.

5. But she knows how to slay in a stunning gown, too.

Amber Riley arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Amber Riley arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

6. And she knows killer confidence is her greatest accessory.

Amber Riley performing on "Dancing with the Stars."
Amber Riley performing on "Dancing with the Stars."

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