Rihanna received a great honor from her home country of Barbados on Monday night.
The Fenty founder, 33, was named a national hero by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley in a ceremony marking the country’s separation from Britain to become its own republic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a video of the ceremony shared by The Guardian, Rihanna went up to Mottley to accept her new title, wearing an orange silk dress from Bottega Veneta, strapped heels and a black face mask. The event took place in Rihanna’s hometown, Bridgetown.
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The Prime Minister told Rihanna in the clip: “On behalf of a grateful nation but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the nominee, to Barbados’ national hero, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty.”
“May you continue to shine like a diamond and continue to bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and by giving honor wherever you want to go,” Mottley added, referring to Rihanna’s 2012 hit, “Diamonds.” .
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Rihanna, who was born in Barbados in 1988 as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, can now add The Right Honorable before her name as a national hero. The honor is only given to 11 people, and Rihanna is the second woman to receive it, per THR.
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2021 has been a year of results for the singer – before she was named a national hero, Rihanna officially became a billionaire in August, making her one of the most successful entertainers working globally today.
Forbes reported at the time that Rihanna’s net worth was estimated at about $ 1.7 billion, placing her just behind Oprah Winfrey.
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Rihanna also went public with a new relationship this year, confirming her romance with boyfriend A $ AP Rocky. While she has been busy with her modeling line, beauty company and love life, Rihanna told fans in March that she would be delivering new music “soon”.
Her latest alum, Anti, was released in 2016. Rihanna celebrated the album’s five-year anniversary in January by thanking her fans.
“Thank you fleet! # 5yearsofANTI #ANTIversary,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.