Rihanna, the ultimate multi-tasking queen, capped off her whirlwind New York Fashion Week with a bang on Thursday night (Sep 14th). First, the Grammy-winning singer released her long-awaited cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, on September 8 and was met with massive praise from both beauty critics and fans. Two days later, she debuted her spring 2018 Fenty x Puma runway collection with a crowd-pleasing, high-octane, motocross-themed show held at the Park Avenue Armory. And finally, at her third annual Diamond Ball on Thursday night, she shined bright like a diamond and helped raise nearly $1 million (and counting) for the Clara Lionel Foundation, a nonprofit named in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The ultra-glamorous black-tie affair drew Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Trevor Noah, Jamie Foxx, and more of the New York City A-list who weren’t too worn out by Fashion Week for one last party.
For Rihanna, creating the Clara Lionel Foundation five years ago has been one of her greatest accomplishments, and she says that through her grandparents, she has learned to become selfless.
“They’ve been my biggest role models in my life. They gave me a new perspective and taught me not to be selfish and to give back to people,“ Rihanna said inside the lavish ball held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street. “My grandmother instilled in me a kind spirit to always help people. She’s very giving. My grandfather taught me to have a strong work ethic and that everyone can make a difference by helping each other. Creating this foundation is the most important thing I’ve done with my life. I love music, I love fashion, I love makeup, I love everything that I have done, but giving back is the most important and I want to help and make a difference in people’s lives.”