You must need pockets that deep: Rihanna wears oversized jacket… as she performs at Westfield for 500k Christmas lights switch-on
22:18 GMT, 19 November 2012
Rihanna's never had a problem with pushing the fashion boundaries.
But when she switched on the Christmas light's at London's Westfield Stratford City shopping centre on Monday evening, her androgynous outfit may have had more than an aesthetic purpose.
The over-sized blue jacket most likely came with deep pockets, perfect for the 500,000 pay cheque she will reportedly receive for the festive appearance in front of 20,000 fans.
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Certainly not in the blue: Rihanna takes to the stage at Westfiield
Stratford shopping centre to turn on the Christmas lights wearing an
oversized coat, amid rumours of being paid 500,000 for the gig
And in addition to doing the festive honours, the Where Have You Been hitmaker will also perform a mini-gig.
source told The Sun newspaper: 'Rihanna’s thrilled she has been asked
again. She knows it’s a big deal and is totally up for it. Westfield
have had a great year due to the Olympics and want to fork out to
the final contract is still being thrashed out, they’re prepared to pay
up to 500,000 for her. Organisers are expecting around 20,000 people
to swamp the park.'
Entertaining the crowds: The starlet performed for the waiting fans as she switched on the festive lights on Monday evening
Giving it her all: Rihanna shows off her singing skills dressed in the interesting get-up in front of the festive fans
Good turn out then: Rihanna proved popular as she became the star attraction at the shopping centre in east London
All lit up: The crowd all waved their mobile phones in time to the music in anticipation of the Christmas lights
And pose: After wowing the crowds, Rihanna was then happy to pose for a photocall backstage at the event
Extravaganza: The R&B superstar impressed as fireworks were set off during the switch on event
Atmospheric: She strutted around on stage on the impressive set as her fans watched on
VIDEO: Rihanna performs for packed crowd in London
Although the Spice Girls – who
reformed for a one-off performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games this
summer – were discussed as a potential act, Rihanna came out on top.
Ryan, general marketing manager for the shopping centre, said: 'The
Christmas light switch-on at Westfield Stratford City is one of the
highlights of the festive calendar.
'This year we want to thank our loyal shoppers by giving them something they’ll never forget.'
Deep pockets: Rihanna is larger than life in an over-sized jacket which could
probably hold the 500,000 fee for switching on the Christmas lights
Larger than life: Rihanna added some over-sized catlike shades to her androgynous outfit
Man up: the singer sure proved her fashion credentials in this irregular outfit that most women could never pull off
Close shave: Rihanna emphasises her close cut with a twisted up-do whilst signing autographs
A special treat: Myf Ryan, general marketing manager for Westfield Stratford, said bosses were keen to treat loyal shoppers to a memorable switch-on
Covering up: Rihanna was seen putting a red scarf over her head after completing her switch on duties
Rihanna will be assisted at the
Christmas lights switch-on by a number of young ambassadors from
Westfield's charity partner, Save The Children, while a display of
lasers and pyrotechnics will mark the dramatic countdown to the event.
And some lucky fans will even have the chance to meet the Bajan beauty following her performance.
is no stranger to the festive tradition, having turned on the Christmas
lights at Westfield Shepherd's Bush two years ago.
Last year, Justin Bieber switched on the lights at both Westfield centres.
A very merry Christmas: Rihanna will reportedly receive a staggering 500,000 to turn on the Christmas lights at London's Westfield Stratford
City on Monday night
Performer: In addition to switching the Christmas lights on, Rihanna will perform a mini-gig for an estimated 20,000 fans