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Rihanna will be honored at the 69th annual Parsons School of Design Benefit in May. The singer will be acknowledged for both her design work and philanthropic efforts. Eileen Fisher and Neiman Marcus will also be honored at the ceremony.
The singer, designer, and philanthropist is looking forward to being honored by the school, saying in a statement: “It’s such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honor. I consistently find creative and exciting designs coming from Parsons alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school. But I am especially grateful that Parsons would recognize me for the work I’ve done in regards to philanthropy.”
The school’s executive dean, Joel Towers, echoed her sentiment. “Parsons is proud to present Rihanna with this honor, as she has inspired millions through her powerful music and distinct style,” he 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 was similarly honored at Harvard last month as Humanitarian of the Year, giving the Internet an instantly GIF-able speech. This also isn’t the first time she’s been acknowledged for her work in design. In November 2016, she became the first woman to win Footwear News’s Shoe of the Year award for her Puma Creeper. She also received the Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 V.M.A.s in August, marking yet another honor in an eight-month timespan.