This year continues to be a stacked 2018 for Rihanna. She turned 30 in February, co-starred in Ocean’s 8 with Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock, elevated her Fenty brand to include cosmetics and lingerie, and continues to work on a reggae album that is bound to snatch everyone’s waistline. Now, she’s being recognized by the government of the small Caribbean island that made her into the person she is today. According to CNN, the “Work” singer was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary by the Government of Barbados.”
On Thursday (Sept. 20), the Barbados Government Office released a statement giving the Bajan R&B star “specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism, and investment for the island.” Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley stated in the press release that she is honored to give the award-winning singer this title for her genuine contributions to increasing the island’s profile.
“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen, and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados,” Mottley said, mentioning how her charitable contributions, both locally and internationally, have also been significant.
In response to the news, Rihanna ecstatically said she “couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to re-imagine Barbados.”
In 2008, the then-20-year-old icon was also appointed as one of Barbados’ Cultural Ambassadors, undertaking promotional work on behalf of the ministry with a responsibility for tourism.
The entertainer’s new role will “take into consideration her multidimensional achievements and global influence across a much broader range of areas.”