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Rihanna joins in MAC AIDS fight

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Rihanna joins in MAC AIDS fight

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Barbadian superstar Rihanna discussed her new role as a philanthropic partner with MAC cosmetics when she appeared on the ABC network Good Morning America (GMA) show yesterday.
According to the reports, the singer braved the severe cold weather and arrived at GMA’s Times Square studios bundled up in a huge fur coat under which she wore a Chanel suit, an Adam Selman body suit, matched with a Chanel necklace and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Rihanna told the show’s anchor Robin Roberts she was extending her role with MAC from creative partner to philanthropic partner with the Viva Glam Rihanna campaign, which she described as an “iconic” programme that was being run by the cosmetic company for a few years now.
One hundred per cent of sales of MAC lipstick and MAC lipglass are going to the MAC AIDS fund which has already raised US$345 million. Rihanna said the goal was to raise US$40 million of which US$2 million would be donated to UN AIDS, a global organisation that focuses on youth prevention of HIV and AIDS.
Rihanna said the youth were “a little more naïve to the reality” of the disease and how big an epidemic it was among young people. She told Roberts it was scary when one considered more than half of the new infections were occurring in young people 25 years or younger.
Asked how it felt to be regarded as an icon at such a young age, the multi Grammy Award-winning singer said it was a “surreal” feeling.
“That is such a big title. Now the pressure is on. I have to live up to that and I have to keep making my fans proud.” She promised fans would “never have to worry” about her making new music because “music is what I love to do. I love making it”.
The singer’s 2012 release Unapologetic” won her an eighth Grammy for the Best Urban Contemporary Album at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, but she was not there to receive it. Instead, she told Roberts she was at home and was “shocked” when “one of my friends hit me and said you just won a Grammy”.
“I was like, what? I went on the Internet and I just saw Unapologetic.” It was quite an emotional moment, surprisingly, but I was in shock.”