The Government of Barbados has named a street after Rihanna, changing the name of Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive.
The singer grew up on Westbury New Road, living there until she was 16. On Thursday (Nov 30), she attended the name-changing ceremony.
She gave an inspiring speech, urging attendees to “believe their dream”. “On February the 20th of 1988, the day Rihanna was born, Barbados was changed socially, politically and economically,” the Prime Minister of Barbados said.
“Rihanna became one of the most iconic personalities of the 21st century.” See photos of the ceremony below.
The singer was recently asked by a fan to include more trans people in the campaigns for her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line.
Rihanna replied: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women over the years but I don’t go around doing trans castings! Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings. I respect all women. Whether they’re trans or not is none of my business.”
“I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool,” she added. “Too often I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike. There’s always just that one spot in the campaign for the token ‘we look mad diverse’ girl/guy! It’s sad!”
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty range has been praised for its diversity. It includes 40 different shades of foundation to reflect various skin tones.