Rihanna to star in own U.S. fashion reality show

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Chart-topping R&B star

Rihanna is delving into the world of fashion, starring in a

reality television show competition that will challenge

designers to make outfits for a handful of celebrities, U.S.

cable channel Style Network said on Wednesday.

"Styled to Rock," set to premiere in the latter half of

2013, will feature 12 young designers handpicked by the

Barbadian Grammy-winning singer.

The designers will be tasked with styling a celebrity guest

on each episode, and the guest will help determine which

designer moves on to the next round of the competition.

"Fashion has always played an integral part in my life and

career. I am so excited to partner with Style Network and share

my creative insight with these 12 designers and give them this

opportunity to showcase their work," Rihanna, 24, said in a

statement.

The singer will also serve as an executive producer under

her given name, Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Style Network has yet to

announce which celebrities will guest host or the fashion

experts who will serve as mentors to contestants.

The series will piggyback on a British show of the same name

in which Rihanna appeared over the summer.

The "Diamonds" singer recently concluded a seven-date

globe-trotting tour in support of her new album "Unapologetic,"

which debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart last week.

Style Network is a unit of Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal.

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