When you think of Rihanna, fabulous fashion, dope music and an incredible makeup line may be the first things that come to mind, but the beautiful, multi-talented star is actually quite the philanthropist. And 2017 was full of stellar examples that RiRi is more than willing to give back to the communities that love her.
The West Indian star’s most notable work may be best seen in what she’s given back to her native island of Barbados, where she built a state-of-the-art center for breast cancer treatment and research through oncology and nuclear medicine. The generous donation, coupled with her other philanthropy, attracted the attention of Harvard University, who gave her the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2017.
In addition, she created the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), a scholarship program that is specifically geared for students from the Caribbean who come to the United States to get a college education. The CLF has become a well-known staple of Rihanna’s charities, especially since her annual Diamond Ball, which supports the organization, has become a huge celebrity event.
But it’s not just in Barbados and the Caribbean that the star has put herself to Work –– in addition to the cancer research facility and CLF, she is a supporter of the Global Citizen Project and the Global Partnership for Education, both of which help provide access and education for children in developing countries. Earlier this summer, some even said she was looking mighty presidential when she visited French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron to discuss funding international education for girls around the world.
Among other charities she’s donated to? Alzheimer’s Association, Kids Wish Network, Live Earth, Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, Red Cross, UNICEF, Feeding America and the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, just to name a few.
Even her wildly-successful makeup line, Fenty Beauty, which launched this year, has become known for its shade inclusivity, offering makeup that caters to women of all shades and skin types. While it may not be charity necessarily, we certainly love her for it.
We can’t wait to see what kind of amazing work Rihanna has in store for 2018.
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