When you think of RiRi and all her cool AF nonchalance, it's easy to forget the singer was once a little girl living in the island of Barbados. Having conquered the pop charts for over a decade and achieving bona fide style icon status, the face of Dior has also quietly been carving out a name for herself as a philanthropist. Her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation (named after her grandmother) has offered college scholarships to kids, funded the construction of an oncology and breast cancer screening centre in Barbados, while her ambassadorship for Dior recently culminated in sale proceeds from Dior' 'We Should All Be Feminists' tees going to CLF.
In addition, she's an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project, which makes her Harvard University award for 2017 Humanitarian of the Year even more relevant. Accepting the award at a ceremony yesterday, she joked, "So I made it to Harvard," with a flip of her ponytail, before moving on to talk about her charity work.
"We're all human and we all just want a chance. A chance at life, a chance at an education. A chance at a future really," she said before imploring the cheering crowd to think of others. "All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian." As she joked about wanting a Harvard degree, drawing laughs from the crowd, Rihanna reminded us of the unflinchingly honest, real-girl persona that she's known for. Go RiRi.
Watch her inspiring speech below.