Rihanna wants to inspire young women.



The 'Work' singer received the Rock Star Award at the BET's Black Girls Rock! ceremony in New Jersey on Friday (01.04.16) and used her acceptance speech to encourage her fans to love themselves.

She said: "Thank you so much for celebrating us in a world that doesn't celebrate us enough. The minute you learn to love yourself, you will not want to be anybody else.

"Role model is not the title they like to give me...but I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle. Hopefully one day I'll be raising my own little black girl who rocks."

Rihanna was previously praised by BGR in a post on their website which read: "Genuine beauty and music icon Rihanna is much more than what meets the eye. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is magical, musical and monumental to our culture and she has the numbers to prove it. From being the first Black woman to front a Dior campaign to scoring the title of top-selling digital artist of all time after selling 54 million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide, Rihanna is really the one to beat!

"Rihanna is a trendsetter, without a doubt! She is at the forefront of the fashion scene and at the top of the music charts. There's nothing that can stop her!"

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the event which will air on BET on April 5.

Founder/CEO Beverly Bond created Black Girls Rock! to highlight the achievements of black female pioneers in art, music, philanthropy and community service.

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