Rihanna left everyone stunned as she donned a high-neck Givenchy haute couture gown at the fifth annual Diamond Ball on Thursday, September 12, in honor of the work done by the Clara Lionel Foundation which she started in 2012.
It is turning out to be the 31-year-old 'Work' singer's week as the gala came just days after her much-anticipated Savage x Fenty show at New York Fashion Week. She stayed on top of her fashion game at both the events.
At the Diamond Ball, she donned a mermaid-shaped evening dress which featured a full sheer white paneled skirt. She completed the look with a pair of pearl earrings, white-colored high heels, a red-colored lipstick and a sleek but casual hairdo.
Rihanna told People magazine in an interview that she was in a happy place. “I mean I’m really happy right now,” she said. “The thing that’s making me the happiest tonight is seeing the amount of support, the magnitude of support is really special. I mean I could be out here and throw a ball by myself and I’d feel good, but the thing that’s making me feel this high of cloud nine is seeing people who believe in my cause and think it’s something worth donating to, something worth investing in.”
The gala was a starstudded one, as a host of celebrities from the music, modeling, and acting industries showed up to support Rihanna's charity effort. Late-night talk show host and comedian Seth Meyers hosted the ball, while Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled performed. The list of attendees included Cardi B, Slick Woods, Karlie Kloss, Devon Windsor, Madisin Rian, Shanina Shaik and many others.
The Clara Lionel Foundation was founded by Rihanna in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. It funds education, health and emergency response programs around the world. It also advocates to improve the quality of life of children around the world. Most recently, it started offering help to those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
Apart from her fashion and philanthropic projects, Rihanna is also working to finish her ninth studio album. At her Fenty show, she told Entertainment Tonight that her fans will have to be patient when it comes to her upcoming album. “Whatever I do is gonna be confident whether it’s the album, perfume, lingerie, makeup, or fashion,” she said. “Y’all gonna have to wait. Navy, I’m so sorry.”
She also dispelled rumors that she will be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show. “I still got an album to finish,” she told the outlet. “You gonna ask me about Super Bowl? My fans about to have my neck.”