Rihanna to Be Honored at This Year’s Parsons Benefit

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This year’s Parsons School of Design Benefit has a high-wattage star attached: none other than Bad Gal RiRi herself. Rihanna will be honored — alongside Eileen Fisher and Neiman Marcus — at the school’s 69th annual benefit, taking place on May 22 at Pier 60.

“Parsons is proud to present Rihanna with this honor, as she has inspired millions through her powerful music and distinct style,” said Joel Towers, the school’s executive dean, in a statement. “She has championed our recent alumni on a number of occasions by wearing their designs. She is also creating important philanthropic programs, which support communities by fostering effective education, health, and emergency response programs around the world through her Clara Lionel Foundation.”

“It’s such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honor,” Rihanna said in the statement. “I consistently find creative and exciting designs coming from Parsons alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school.” (She’s worn pieces by several recent grads, including Matthew Adams Dolan and Melody Ya Jun Lin.) “But I am especially grateful that Parsons would recognize me for the work I’ve done in regards to philanthropy.”

It’s not the only laurel she’s gotten recently for her charity work: Harvard named her its Humanitarian of the Year last month, an award she accepted with an immortal ponytail flick.

Read more about this year’s honorees on Parsons.

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Rihanna is in town for Paris Fashion Week! Today (March 3rd) she attended the Christian Dior Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion show. On Monday she will be having her own fashion show for her third FENTY x PUMA collection. In the meantime, head over to our gallery for photos from today.

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Rihanna at Roc Nation Pre-Grammy brunch in LA, Feb. 11. HQ photos on Ultimate-Rihannas.com/gallery

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Rihanna looked beautiful in white and orange at the annual Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch in Los Angeles (Feb 11th). She enjoyed herself while chatting with Jay-Z and posed for photos with more celebrities.

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Prince Harry and Rihanna took live HIV tests together this morning in Barbados. The British royal and the Diamond singer – who have met in the star’s home nation this week – took them as part of the World AIDS Day at the Man Aware event in Bridgetown.

They are finger prick tests which produce results in 20 minutes, and it comes after Harry took the same test live on Facebook and in front of the cameras in London in July, and was negative.

Harry spoke of the importance of HIV testing and warned that the world is becoming “complacent” about the once fatal disease. The Prince expressed his concerns to a doctor specialising in infectious diseases during a visit to a hospital in Barbados.

“Do you know what you’re doing?”
Harry had asked the counsellor who performed the test when she was giving him counselling before the procedure. He then winced as she stuck the pin prick in.

When Rihanna had the same thing done to her seconds later, she laughed. She said: “You made it seem like it hurts. It’s not as painful as you said this morning.”

Harry, 32, persuaded the 28-year-old Barbadian superstar to take the test in public with her today when the pair chatted together back stage for 15 minutes after the Prince delivered a speech at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Barbados’ independence at the Kensington Oval cricket ground in Bridgetown last night.

“She was very happy to do it. She has had people in her life that she has known who have died from AIDS. She said this is important and she wanted to do this.

“She has tens of millions of followers on social media alone. Her people are confident that she can reach a billion people through social media.”

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Rihanna gave Prince Harry a pop star welcome to her native Barbados on Wednesday as part of the British royal’s Caribbean tour (Nov 30th).

The Umbrella hitmaker returned to the island nation to represent her country as she greeted Harry at the Toast to the Nation event, held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from the British Empire.

Rihanna, who wore a light blue, knee-length dress for the occasion, was photographed smiling as she and the Prince shook hands.

The pair later sat side-by-side on stage at the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert, in front of a 20,000-strong crowd, also joined by the Senator and Prime Minister.

Head over to our gallery for lots of stunning HQ photos. Make sure to visit our candids gallery as well, to see Rihanna out and about between the events.

Toast The Nation Event
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Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert
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Out and about in Barbados
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Rihanna made another surprise appearance at Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour in LA yesterday (Sep 10th). The two performed their collaborations and Rihanna also sang “Bitch Better Have My Money” while Drake danced around onstage. After finishing their performance, Drake had a few very sweet words to say about Rihanna:

“I hope you all find someone to hold you down like this amazing woman right here.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna says if the Addams Family worked out in the gym, they would sport her new collection for Puma.

The singer’s autumn/winter 2016 Fenty Puma by Rihanna line was launched Tuesday. The edgy collection of mostly black-and-white ensembles includes loose sweaters and oversized pants, maxi dresses, sneakers, slippers and sneaker heels.

She called the clothes and items — wearable at the gym or not — “kind of haunting.”

“I kind of imagined if the Addams Family was working out, this is what they would be wearing,” Rihanna said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“This collection is kind of dark, but very oversized and long, everything is extra and I love it,” she said. “It’s something I definitely wear all the time and you either have to be into it or not.”

She launched the line at pop-up shops at Foot Locker and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, where her feverish fans awaited the pop star’s arrival. She wore Puma head-to-toe, including white thigh-high boots, a long black skirt and a track jacket.

Rihanna, 28, talked about the new line and how Japanese street culture inspired her style.

AP: Did you listen to music while designing this line?

Rihanna: I always listen to music no matter what I’m doing. Music is definitely always something that drives the mood and creating and helps you lock that in and escape to a whole other world, but I won’t say any of these pieces were specific to certain songs or album — they just came from a feeling. I already knew what I wanted and I knew what I wanted to see and the direction, but to actually now apply that to silhouettes and things that had to still come back to athleticism, I had such a thrill with that challenge.

AP: What was it like designing a line versus shopping for yourself?

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