Rihanna Hosts First Annual Diamond BallRihanna threw her first annual Diamond Ball this past Thursday night. The pop star and fashion icon threw this event in honor of her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. According to the charity’s website, this foundation is dedicated to Rihanna’s grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, and is committed to funding humanitarian efforts on a global scale.
Causes that she has donated to include campaigns for HIV/AIDS awareness, natural disaster relief efforts, and movements to improve children's’ health and education programs. The website states, “Rihanna’s global impact transcends music, fashion and popular culture. The singer’s humanitarian efforts mirror her musical career, accelerating at a record pace.”
(Rihanna looking flawless in a navy Zac Posen gown)
The Diamond Ball had an all star guest list and included guests like the Kardashians, actress Salma Hayek, and rapper Big Sean. Rihanna also led an impressive auction to benefit her foundation, with exclusive items like VIP tickets to Kanye West’s unannounced concert next year and fine art by Damien Hirst and Guy Bourdin.
Rihanna gushed on her Instagram, “THANK YOU to all the beautiful people that came out to the first EVER #DiamondBall! You all made it such a success and helped me raise a lot of funds that will save and change the lives of so many! We at the #ClaraLionelFoundation can't wait to spread your love globally to the ones who truly are in need of it.”
(Rihanna with her grandfather Lionel)
As for fashion, Rihanna wowed the press and her guests with two gorgeous gowns by Zac Posen and a sleek ponytail- taking a break from her usually more provocative style. She ended the night with a crowd pleasing performance of some of her top hits, including her 2007 single “Umbrella.” For more information about the Diamond Ball, visit: http://claralionelfoundation.org/