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Rihanna is chic in off-the-shoulder dress as she collects Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award

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Rihanna looked a picture of perfection when she collected Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year Award on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old singer was honoured with the prestigious accolade because of her charity work involving the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship scheme, which was set up to encourage young children to pursue their education in the Caribbean, as well as her collaboration with Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project.

The vocalist has also helped to build a state of the art centre to help treat cancer patients in her home town of Barbados.

Collecting her plaque from the director of the Harvard Foundation, Allen Counter, the Bajan pop star was all smiles in the chic off-the-shoulder grey dress and matching boots.

Rihanna receives the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award

Rihanna receives the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award

Rihanna receives the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award

Addressing the audience, she teased that she “could come back” to further education after dropping out of high school.

Rihanna said: “You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated. I mean, I wish I was… especially today… It’s true, I might come back.”

Rihanna receives the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award

Rihanna receives the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award

The singer also recalled how as a kid she dreamed of becoming rich enough to save children all over the world.

She added: “When I was 5 or 6 years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials and I was watching other children suffer in other parts of the world. You know? The commercials where you could give 25 cents and save a child’s life.

“I would think to myself… I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all of the kids in Africa and I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up and get rich, I’m going to save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I’d be in the position to do that when I was a teenager.”

Thanks to: mirror – US gossip

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