Rihanna was named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University for her inspiring charitable cases and the 29-year-old singer was present at Harvard on Monday to receive her award. Looking stunning in a demure yet classy grey outfit paired with matching ever-the-knee boots, the award winning musician was an epitome of the professional philanthropist, finishing off the look with a long, sleek ponytail and minimal makeup.
Rihanna, who never made it past high school, could not hide her excitement at receiving an award from a prestigious university and she made it known during her speech.
“So I made it to Harvard,” she began and received cheers from the audience. She went on to inform her audience that one did not need to have too much in order to help others. Flipping her back-skimming ponytail and smirking, she added, “Never thought I would say that, but it feels good.”
In thanking the Ivy League institution, she spoke about her family, career and when she began her first foundation at 18; but mostly, she urged students to do their part, to make a commitment to help just one person.
“People make it seem way too hard, man,” she said. “You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help someone, you don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated.
“My grandma always used to say if you’ve got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”
Photocredit: Mirror, Vogue.