Rihanna was Awarded with the 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award

On February 28, Rihanna was on Harvard campus accepting the Peter J. Games Humanitarian award. She’s receiving this award for donating and building 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.

In 2012, she founded the nonprofit the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program [named for her grandparents] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.

Long story short Rihanna is awesome and this international musical phenomenon, is a Barbados-born singer, actress, and songwriter. Her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — she has sold more than 200 million records. Using her success for good Rihanna is changing the lives of those in need.

The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. “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 the Harvard Foundation’s director S. Allen Counter.

She’s also helped many other kids receive educations as an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project. She was in Malawi last week for the campaign, People reports, and performed at last year’s Global Citizen Festival, which helps end poverty.

While promoting education, she says “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities, and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this,” she told USA Today when she started the scholarship.

As well as promoting education she promotes healthcare. Rihanna built a center dedicated to breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, where she grew up. She also appeared in a World AIDS Day PSA with Prince William, where they pricked their fingers to demonstrate how simple getting an HIV test is.

She joins an eclectic group of honorees. Past recipients include girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai, Star Wars and The Lion King voice actor James Earl Jones, and four recent U.N. Secretaries General.

Rihanna is doing great things and making all of us proud! By using her fortune for good she is making a change. Not only is she helping those that really need it and are appreciating it, she is being recognized for it nationally. Who knew she was doing all of this?! I sure didn’t, she kept it all very lowkey.

She is broadening her spectrum of talents beyond the singer song writer talents and being recognized for doing good charitable work in the world.

You go RiRi!!

For more info and quotes: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/02/rihanna-named-humanitarian-of-year/

 

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First Wheelchair Model to Hit the Ukrainian Runway

Alexandra Kutas is paralyzed from the waist down and lives her life in a wheelchair but insists her disability won’t deter her dreams of becoming a model. She made her first modeling debut at Ukraine Fashion Week. She says she wants ALL designer shows to include wheelchair-bound models.

This young model is making her debut at Ukraine Fashion Week despite never being able to walk.

She’s from Kiev, Ukraine, has been featured in several exhibitions and been invited to work as a hostess at Ukraine Fashion Week later this year.

She’s determined and hopes that by working the exclusive event it will open doors for a career in high-end fashion. As well as balancing her modelling career with her day job as a physiologist, she is also fighting for better facilities for wheelchair users.

Alexandra, who suffered a spinal cord injury during birth, said: ‘I was first interested in the idea of becoming a model when I was 16.

‘I was spotted by a photographer when I was in a cafe one day and she invited me to do a shoot – I was so inspired and realized that modelling was what I wanted to do.’

Alexandra adds that she hopes to use her position to change the landscape of the modelling industry for wheelchair users.

‘Because of a birth injury I could never walk and have always been in wheelchair.

‘But I’m hoping that Ukraine Fashion Week will be a chance to meet designers and voice my own concepts.

‘I have so many ideas about using model with disabilities and I have an idea of how it should look.’

Normally I write about Hispanic women and their empowering moves, but this can’t be ignored. Alexandra is making history and making it so people in wheelchairs can feel beautiful too.

This is starting with her empowering women, but this will eventually move to men being a part of this movement as well. She is inspiring others and is the pioneer in this movement.

Her hard work and determination is just the beginning and the results that can come from this. You go girl!

All quotes received from; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3218076/Disabled-woman-make-modelling-debut-Ukraine-Fashion-Week.html#ixzz4aIudSWS5