Last night Rita received the first ever Variety + H&M Conscious award for her philanthropic work.
Rita's been active with UNICEF, amfAR and other organizations. In 2015 Rita was named honorary ambassador of Kosovo for her work helping the country rebuild from the war.
“I’m a prime example of somebody that you shouldn’t throw out or not let into your country. I’m one of those cases that you just never know who you’re declining from your country… it’s about giving people something to believe in.”
She accepted her award on behalf of her parents.
One of the recent causes that touched her heart was the Grenfall Tower fire as she grew up in the area and knew some people who were affected personally.
“Growing up in government homes, it’s like your only bit of sanctuary,” she says. “It’s big, it’s like your only place where you feel safe, so [the disaster] was really off-putting for me.”
The Grenfall Tower fire relief fund will receive a $10,000 donation from Variety and H&M.
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