R&B darling Rihanna is having a standout year so far. After being named Harvard University's 'Humanitarian Of The Year' and nailing her acceptance speech, she will once again be honored, this time, by the historic Parsons School of Design.
Along with fellow designers Neiman Marcus and Eileen Fisher, RiRi will be honored at the 69th Annual Parsons School of Design Benefit for her contributions to today's contemporary fashion culture.
Ri has been one of the most outwardly eager pop stars to wear looks from emerging designers. The 29-year-old Barbadian singer has been spotted in numerous designs from Parsons alumni, including Matthew Adam Dolan, Snow Xue Gao and Melody Ya Jun Lin among others.
In a statement released by the artist , Ri explains:
“It’s such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honor. I consistently find creative and exciting designs coming from Parsons alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school. But I am especially grateful that Parsons would recognize me for the work I’ve done in regards to philanthropy.”
Along with being a designer and influencer, Ri founded the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named after grandmother and grandfather) to support students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.
In recent years she's also sponsored the construction of a massive breast cancer facility at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Ri as well supports both the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign providing children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries, with priority attention given to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.
Ri will receive her honors at the 69th Annual Parsons School of Design Benefit on May 22 at New York’s Pier 60, and if her acceptance speech is anywhere as on point as her Harvard Humanitarian of the Year speech, then you know it's lit.