Robyn Rihanna Fenty, iconically known as RIhanna. Wait, do we even have to introduce her? Her name introduces itself. Barbadian singer, songwriter, fashion designer, model, actress, and owner of a beauty line – this woman has a long string of accomplishments and most recently, her home of Barbados has honored their island Princess with her very own street named Rihanna Drive.
The 29-year old along with the Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, and others gathered for a two-hour ceremony that included the unveiling of Rihanna Drive on the same street she grew up on, formally known as Westbury New Road.
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a day my people and I will never forget! all the lessons, running around barefoot, nosey neighbors, braiding hair on the step, playing in the cemetery, walking to the beach, rum shop karaoke keeping the whole street awake til 4am ("only the lonely" by Roy Orbison is playing in my head as I type this) , stealing Sammy pomegranates from his tree, begging my mother to let me walk to Jan's shop cause she had American snacks, selling plastic/glass bottles to Peter so I could buy those American snacks, getting my hair hot combed for Harvest at church, doing my homework on my front step while Miss Hyacinth yells "ya gon get belly hurt from dat cold step" across from her veranda, watching iFE walk past with her dreads dragging on the floor like a couture gown, all the times I thought Melissa came to hang out with me, turns out she was dating my next door neighbor all along, rushing to do dishes when my mother's high heels start hitting the pavement as she gets off the bus from work……right here on this street! WESTBURY is more than a community, we're family!!! Thank you for all that you've poured into my life and the woman I am! It takes a village, and I'm glad my village was you!!!! To God be the Glory!!!! #RiRiDrive
After the ceremony, RIhanna along with the town took to celebrate with a jont down the streets of Barbados. Children and parents gathered in excitement as she made it official with the cutting of the ribbon.
Take a closer look at the beautiful, thigh-skimming dress she wore on her special day. The color yellow looks amazing on her, reminding us of her breath-taking red carpet-winning Met Gala Dress.
Congratulations RiRi – well deserved!
Written by: Selena Cintron