There are plenty of reasons to look up to Rihanna — her amazing music, her always on-point performances, her incredible fashion sense — and now we have another. She’s been working throughout the years to use her fame in a positive way (like taking an HIV test with Prince Harry to raise awareness on #WorldAIDSDay), and so it’s only fitting that she’s just been recognized for her humanitarian work with a totally impressive award from Harvard.
“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter according to People, pointing out just one of the many ways Rihanna has put her money where her heart is.
That’s why the 29-year-old singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.
The icon, who created the Clara Lionel Foundation (which aims to improve health, education, and arts around the world, as well as offers a scholarship program for Caribbean students who wish to attend college in the US) will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on Harvard’s campus next Tuesday.
Congratulations, Rihanna! So totally deserved!
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(h/t People; photo via Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty)