Parsons School of Design to Honor Rihanna at Annual Benefit


Rihanna to Be Honored by Parsons School of Design

Rihanna is being honored by the Parsons School of Design. The 29-year old pop diva will be lauded for her contributions to the world of fashion alongside Eileen Fisher and the Neiman Marcus Group at the school’s upcoming 69th Annual Parsons Benefit Dinner on May 22nd.

“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 to The New Yorker. “She has championed our recent alumni on a number of occasions by wearing their designs and continues to foster support for philanthropic programs through her Clara Lionel Foundation.”

Rihanna echoed Towers’ comments in her own statement, saying “It’s such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honor. I consistently find creative and exciting designs coming from their alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school. I am especially grateful that Parsons would recognize me for the work I’ve done in regards to philanthropy.”

This is the second time Rihanna’s dedication to making the world a better place has garnered her accolades. Earlier this year the Kiss It Better singer was presented with the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award by Harvard University.

Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball funds many of her charitable endeavors, including the Clara Lionel Foundation. The event returns to New York this year and is set to take place at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14th.

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