Thump Day Diva: The Ravishing Riana

Songstress-siren Riana, the sort of pale beauty of which the poets sing...

With her almond eyes, raven tresses and a complexion stolen from the winter moon, PHX songstress Riana Riggs of bands Edison Gem and Runaway Diamonds is like one of those pale sirens Lord Byron wrote of years ago. Indeed, Byron might as well have penned these lines about her:

SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies

Riana's mom hails from Buenos Aires, and Argentines have noted Riana has an Argentine shape to her face and peepers. Sometimes she adds black eyeliner for an almost Egyptian effect. A bit of a fashion plate, with a taste for vintage clothing from several eras, there's always something exotic and striking about her. Her fave places to hang are the Bikini Lounge, Fate, Welcome Diner, Fez, and the boho eatery Carly's, where she works as a waitress and cook.

She boasts a lovely voice as well, and you can experience it in the month of April at two venues. The first's GLAM, where the Runaway Diamonds will be having their CD release party Saturday April 7 for the album Gods Mom and Her Turquoise Chow Chow. Also, her Goldfrapp-esque electro band Edison Gem will be performing at the Phoenix Pride Festival on April 14.

Expect great things of this Phoenix beauty, with her charm, talent and captivating appearance. Take a look at her self-portrait above: Isn't it easy to imagine it on an album, or maybe even the cover of Rolling Stone?

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