Rihanna received a high honor from her home country of Barbados on Monday night. Just after Barbados declared its independence from British colonization, the Fenty founder was named a National Hero by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
In a video of the ceremony, Rihanna walked up to Mottley to accept her new title, wearing an orange silk dress from Bottega Veneta, strappy heels, and a black face mask. The event took place in Rihanna’s hometown of Bridgetown.
The Prime Minister told Rihanna, “On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we, therefore, present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados, 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 to do credit wherever you shall go,” Mottley added, referring to Rihanna’s 2012 hit, “Diamonds.”
This ceremony is special as it marks Barbado’s official split from Queen Elizabeth and previous British colonization. Barbados is now classified as an independent republic for the first time.
Recently, Rihanna has been expanding her Fenty empire and announced plans to open physical Fenty stores.
Rihanna has made herself a billionaire with her business ventures and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The Bajan singer is planning to open brick-and-mortar stores of her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty in the months to come.