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Rihanna was one of the honorees of the evening during the 69th Annual Parsons Benefit last night (May 22nd). She shined bright at the dinner wearing an oversized tan suit by Matthew Adams Dolan, a 2014 graduate of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons, whom the singer has worn on several previous occasions.

“You can’t really share the stage with Rihanna, which I just learned outside taking photos on the red carpet,”

said Karen Katz of the Neiman Marcus Group, who was along with Rihanna recognized for their work in performance, design, and fostering social good.

During the live auction, just after a Steven Klein commissioned portrait went for $57,000, the bad girl herself finally spoke. The lot at hand was for two tickets to the Fall 2018 Fenty Puma runway show in New York City, including a one-night stay in a five-star hotel and a Fenty Puma product package, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Ciara Lionel Foundation. Bidding stalled at $12,000. That’s when Rihanna chimed in.

“Who’s at $12,000?” she quipped, turning to face the crowd from her dinner seat. “Thank you so much, but if anyone wants to beat that, I’ll even style you for the show. And a free selfie with me and Jay Brown, my manager.”

Wouldn’t you know, the lot doubled, closing at $24,000. (Sybil Yurman, wife of jeweler David Yurman, curiously was the ultimate winner).

But Rihanna was just getting warmed up. By the time she took to the stage to accept her award, she had a message for the students of Parsons. Consider February’s Harvard speech just a warmup.

“Tonight is about you young men and women on a global scale, as we know, who are such beacons of inspiration in every way; I don’t think you get celebrated enough,” she began. “You should be celebrated for every aspect of your growth, and your growing pains. You should be celebrated for your creativity, for your fearlessness, for your persistence and determination, for all of the work that you put into building your future, for being different, for not being enough credit, for not having to use eye cream.”

Pause for laughter.

“It was especially important for me to come to Parsons, because you are all the next generation,” she continued. “We need to invest in you. You’re the ones who see the world through fresh eyes and a new perspective. You’re the ones who care about the future of our planet. You’re the ones who will change the current state of the world. And, unfortunately, you are the ones who are often ignored. Your voices aren’t heard often enough, and you are the ones whose voice need to be listened to. I’m here to say that I’m listening, I’m watching, and you are up next.”

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Rihanna spent a few days in Cannes during the 70th Annual Cannes Festival to promote her new jewelry for Chopard. She attended and hosted a few parties along with co-president Caroline Scheufele.

Rihanna also took time to attend her very first Cannes Festival by going to the screening of the film “Okja”, where she wore a custom Dior gown. Head over to our gallery for the stunning photos, 800+ in high quality!

May 18 – Chopard dinner during Cannes Film Festival
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May 19 – ‘Okja’ Screening at 70th annual Cannes
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May 19 – Chopard Party hosted by Caroline Scheufele and Rihanna
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Rihanna attended the Christian Dior Cruise 2018 Runway Show at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve on May 11, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.

She enjoyed the show next to rapper Big Sean and CEO of Christian Dior, Sidney Toledano. She also took time to pose with Kelly Rowland and Kate Bosworth.

After the runway show Rihanna stopped by her favorite restaurant in town – Giorgio Baldi. Head over to our galleries for photos.

Dior Runway Show
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Giorgio Baldi
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Rihanna owned the night of the 2017 Met Gala, a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

This year, the Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo was honored with an exhibition entitled “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.” Rihanna showed up according to the theme, in a Comme des Garçons gown, and her own design for Chopard.

Rihanna talked with Vogue’s André Leon Talley on her Comme des Garcons dress, taking an hour to get into her shoes, and pushing the limits of art and style.

“I love art, and I think it’s such a free range of expression, you can do whatever you want with it and that space. It just gives you that freedom to be whatever you want, however you want, wear whatever you want, sing whatever you want. – Rihanna

Met Gala Red Carpet
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Met Gala After Party
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Heading to the Met Gala
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Heading to the after party
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Rihanna promoted the release of her Spring/Summer FENTYxPUMA line at an exclusive pop-up shop in LA yesterday (April 18th).

She enjoyed the event by posing for photos and even took the spot as the cashier and checked out the fans. Check out photos in our gallery as well as a few videos below.

Arriving at the event
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Inside
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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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