To those who love fashion, Rihanna is much more than a singer; she is a fashion legend. Out of the diverse group of celebrities who are currently “in style”, this artist takes the most risk and pulls it off lawlessly.
Recently, while attending a benefit in aid of the Parsons School of Design, where she was honoured for her philanthropic work and fashion influence, she used her spotlight and called for stronger support for rising creative artists.
“It was especially important for me to come to Parsons tonight because you are all the next generation, and we need to invest in you,” she said. “You’re the ones who see the world with new eyes, with new perspective, who care about the future of our planet and the current state of the world. I’m here to say that I’m listening and I’m watching, and you’re up next.” This was addressed to the attendees of Parsons, which, at one point, included Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, and Thom Browne.
It’s important to note that Rihanna does not just talk the talk, but also walks the walk. Literally, because she regularly wears the students’ designs to her A-List events.
“I don’t think you get celebrated enough,” she told the crowd. “You should be celebrated for every aspect of your growth and your growing pains. You should be celebrated for your creativity, for your fearlessness, for your persistence and determination. You should be celebrated for all the effort that you put into building your future, for being different, for not being given enough credit—for not having to use eye cream! My point is, we often tear our youth down when we should be building them up. At the end of the day, our future is in their hands.”
Dressing well is Chic, but being a strong advocate for a good cause is even more chic.
Information accredited to Vogue UK.