Rihanna Getting Barbados Street Named After Her
Rihanna is the most visible Barbadian on the planet. In 2008—before Fenty x Puma, before her Stance sock line—she had already been named an honorary ambassador for Youth and Culture by then-Prime Minister David Thompson. This, for context, was circa Good Girl Gone Bad. Next month, she’ll be granted an even bigger honor: On November 30, Barbados’s Independence Day (commemorating their independence from the United Kingdom in 1966), Westbury New Road will be renamed Rihanna Drive in the musician-slash-fashion-and-beauty mogul’s honor.
Rihanna grew up on Westbury, a street in the Barbadian capital of Bridgetown, so it’s a fitting homage to Barbados’s most famous export. She relocated from Barbados to New York after signing with Def Jam in 2005, though she maintains a $22 million, five-bedroom condo in the luxury complex One Sandy Lane.
Throwback: watch below a video of Rihanna and Oprah in Barbados for Oprah’s Next Chapter show.