Rihanna is Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year and she went to the prestigious campus today to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. The Harvard Foundation selected her because of her work with the Clara Lionel Foundation (named for her grandparents). Rihanna created the charitable organisation after her grandmother’s death. The Clara Lionel Foundation first built a top-notch oncology and nuclear medicine center at Barbados’ Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2012. Since then the foundation started a scholarship program for students in the Caribbean who want to attend universities in the United States. The foundation’s Diamond Ball also raised millions for educational programs worldwide. In 2016 the Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project named Rihanna the Global Ambassador for education. Earlier this year she secretly visited several schools in Malawi under that role.
She also worked with H&M and MAC to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programmes. Today Dior announced that part of the proceeds from the sale of their “We should all be feminists” t-shirt will go to CLF. And that’s just a few of the amazing things she has done. Mel Ottenberg styled her for the occasion and we have the details on her look thanks to his team.
Rih wore a chic ensemble from Monse‘s Fall/Winter 2017 collection. The collection debuted just over a week ago during New York Fashion Week. The belted, off-the-shoulder tweed dress features elbow-length sleeves and a thigh slit. She also rocked the matching over-the-knee boots.
Rihanna also sported some vintage pieces from Kentshire. First there is a $22,500 Boucheron watch from the 1950 that features both round and baguette diamonds. Then there is an 18k yellow gold and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Update: Here are some photos of Rihanna during the event. Please note she switched up some of her jewellery on stage and carried a Dior bag.
Last updated March 2, 2017
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