Rihanna is a force to be reckoned with. She has more number one singles than Madonna and Michael Jackson, was the first female to win 'Shoe of the Year' at Footwear News' Achievement Awards 2016, successfully moved her Fenty x Puma collection to show during Paris Fashion Week and is releasing a beauty line imminently - and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The popstar's designs for Puma have been internationally lauded and her designs have spawned multiple new trends - fluffy slides, anyone? - making her a name to watch in the fashion sphere, however her philanthropic work is also garnering much deserved attention.
Earlier in March, Rihanna was named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University where she gave an impassioned speech on the importance of helping others, and now she will be honoured at the 2017 Parsons School of Design Benefit in New York.
"Parsons is proud to present Rihanna with this honour, as she ha inspired millions through her powerful music and distinct style, " Joel Tower, the executive dean of Parsons said in a statement. "She has championed our recent alumni on a number of occasions by wearing their designs. She is also creating important philanthropic programs, which support communities by fostering effective education, health, and emergency response programs around the world through her Clara Lionel Foundation." Rihanna added, "It's such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honour. I consistently find creative designs coming from Parsons alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school."
The ceremony will take place in New York on May 22, and RiRi will be honoured along with Eileen Fisher and Neiman Marcus.