The artist was honoured for her fundraising efforts with charities including Raising Malawi, UNICEF and the Clara Lionel Foundation, the emergency preparedness charity she founded in honour of her grandparents.
To date, Rihanna has raised millions of dollars for disaster relief and children’s education overseas. In 2017, she was named Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year.
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“I’m lucky I was able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. And if there’s anything that I’ve learned it’s that we can only fix this world together,” she said.
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1/8 ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ (2018)
In 2018, Rihanna served as co-chair at the Met Gala, alongside Donna Karan and Amal Clooney. The singer paid tribute to the theme with her extravagant ensemble, a custom creation designed by John Galliano. Fans of the star dubbed her ‘Pope Rihanna’, thanks largely to her silver, papal mitre.
2/8 ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art Of The In-Between’ (2017)
The theme for the 2017 Met Gala took inspiration from Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and her fashion label, Comme des Garçons. Rihanna wore a bold ensemble by the fashion label at the event, which featured a complex floral design.
3/8 ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ (2015)
Arguably one of Rihanna’s most famous Met Gala looks, in 2015 the star stood out on the red carpet wearing an ornate, yellow gown by Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, which took two years to make. The singer came across the creation on the Internet while researching a design ahead of the event’s theme. She later performed for the other guests at the ball.
4/8 ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ (2014)
Rihanna took a more subtle approach at the Met Ball in 2014, wearing a white, two-piece outfit by Stella McCartney. The star accessorised with white, pointed pumps by Christian Louboutin, and wore diamond studs and a choker necklace by Jacob & Co.
5/8 ‘Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations’ (2012)
In 2012, Rihanna opted for a black, backless floor-length gown by American fashion designer Tom Ford. Described on the Tom Ford website as one of the designer’s “muses”, the singer paired the embossed crocodile leather dress with Christian Louboutin heels.
6/8 ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ (2011)
The ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2011, just over a year after the British fashion designer’s death. Rihanna donned a sheer, one-shoulder dress with black, floral patterning by Stella McCartney for the Met Gala, wearing her hair in a long, red plait.
7/8 ‘The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion’ (2009)
In 2009, Rihanna rocked up on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a cropped trouser suit by Dolce and Gabbana. The singer’s fourth studio album, Rated R, was released that year.
8/8 ‘Poiret: King Of Fashion’ (2007)
In 2007, a 19-year-old Rihanna attended the Met Gala wearing a white gown by haute couture fashion designer Georges Chakra. The star was all smiles as she carried a red rose on the red carpet.