Thursday 6 August, 2020

Rihanna: 'Couldn’t sleep' without trying to help everyone she can

At the New York Diamond Ball on Thursday pop artist Rihanna held her fourth annual gala raising money for the Clara Lionel Foundation.

Riding the wave of her fashion week festivities, the gala dinner fell the night after Rihanna presented her newest "Savage x Fenty" lingerie collection. The ball, she said, was "a night where we want to celebrate all the causes that we support."

"We want to show them where their money is going and what we're doing here, our causes and how we pursue them and execute," continued Rihanna. "And show them that they can trust our foundation and the work that we do and where the money's going as well."

The Clara Lionel Foundation was founded in 2012 by Rihanna and supports education, health and emergency response programmes worldwide. Rihanna says she sees the foundation as an "ever-growing charity."


"I don't think it's fair to turn your back on someone else who needs help just because it doesn't fit into the bracket of your mold," she said. "Some people, it works for them, but for me personally, I couldn't sleep knowing that I can't help someone with AIDS because my charity's about cancer."

With Rihanna at the forefront, Issa Rae of HBO's "Insecure" as host, and with planned performances by Donald Glover (known by his stage name Childish Gambino) and DJ Mustard, the event yielded star power even before the arrivals line commenced.

Guests commended Rihanna for the charitable work she was doing.

"She's just such an example in terms of, you know, I have all these eyeballs, I have all these fans and what can I do to make an impact and use the pull that I have to go for a greater cause," said Rae.

Guest at the event included Tiffany Haddish, Gucci Mane, Normani, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Trevor Noah, and Teyana Taylor, among many others.

Benefits from the evening went to the Clara Lionel Foundation.

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