Rihanna Stunned in a Black and White Evening Gown at Her Diamond Ball

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Rihanna attends Rihanna's 5th Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 12, 2019 in New York City.

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What kind of look did Rihanna, host of her charity Diamond Ball, opt for tonight in New York City? A very fall-ready turtleneck evening gown. RiRi stepped out on the red carpet in red lipstick, big pearl earrings, and her black mermaid gown with a full sheer white skirt. It was elegant, simple, and modern:

Rihanna attends Rihanna's 5th Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 12, 2019 in New York City.

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Rihanna’s annual philanthropic event benefits her Clara Lionel Foundation. Other attendees include Karlie Kloss and Cardi B. Last year, Rihanna wore a white bow dress with a lace jumpsuit, which was a very different look:

Rihanna attends Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on Septem

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The singer’s 2019 Diamond Ball comes days after her highly-anticipated Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week show. Rihanna spoke to ELLE.com about how important inclusivity is to her with the line and the runway used to showcase it. “You belong in these pieces,” she said. “You, me, trans women, women of all sizes, paraplegic women, all women are important women! All women belong here, on the biggest platform I can give them.”

Rihanna said that when it came to choosing performers for the runway show, which included Normani and and Halsey, she wanted to celebrate powerhouse women. “I wanted to highlight women who are powerful,” she said. “To me, power in whatever way you master it is very sexy. And with someone like Normani, you know, she’s an incredible dancer, and dance is athleticism. Dance is powerful. It would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity to have that kind of beauty and power in the show.”

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