Rihanna’s selfless and charitable side might not be known or newsworthy as her music, her love life, her fashion choices or whatever but Rihanna is much more than just a pop star, a chart topper, a trendsetter or the face of high fashion ads, she’s a very active philanthropist that works very hard to help others and that hard work just got recognised by Harvard University as the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relation honoured Riri with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award.
Rihanna attended the ceremony on Tuesday (February 28th) looking beautiful and very stylish to say the least.
The diva wore a very chic grey dress, with high knee grey boots and simple but yet fierce makeup/hair combo as she received her plaque.
The ceremony went smoothly and had a great vibe with Rihanna’s sweet demeanour making it more special. She seemed to be enjoying herself with a child-like look, as if she was embarrassed but in all fairness to the diva, she actually said that she never expected to be acknowledged for her philanthropic work.
Rihanna has been involved/working with many charity organisations since her career took off back when she was only 17 years old and her efforts have helped many people around the world so far including the building of a centre for oncology and nuclear medicine in her native Bridgetown, Barbados.
In true Riri style, the diva accepted the award with pure CHARISMA, UNIQUENESS, NERVE AND TALENT and gave a speech so cool and sassy but yet serious, honest and passionate that since then it has gone viral.
Rihanna started with: “SO I MADE IT TO HARVARD”, then she flips her long ponytail and starts to get sassy with a big smile on her face.
She explains how her passion for helping others started when she was a little girl and that she used to tell herself, “WHEN I GROW-UP AND I GET RICH, I’M GONNA SAVE KIDS ALL OVER THE WORLD.”
The diva thanks the university for the honor and gives the audience some insight into her journey to help others, including how much the loss of her grandmother for cancer affected her.
Rihanna was there for one reason and one reason only, raise awareness in the name of every charity she’s involved with and she didn’t miss any chance. She said: “ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS HELP ONE PERSON, EXPECTING NOTHING IN RETURN. TO ME, THAT IS A HUMANITARIAN.”
Riri also said: “YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE RICH TO BE A HUMANITARIAN… YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS, YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO BE COLLEGE EDUCATED… YOU JUST DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO HELP IN ANY WAY THAT YOU CAN.”
Rihanna did a great job with keeping the audience focused and entertained at the same time. She deserved such a honour and let’s hope that she’ll achieve much more with her humanitarian work.
Watch Rihanna’s inspirational and beautiful speech here: