From the launch of her Savage x Fenty lingerie line at this year’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in a history-making display that celebrated women in all their diversity, to the one-year anniversary of Fenty Beauty, its safe to say Bad Girl Riri has had an impressive year on the beauty and fashion fronts.
Rihanna has, however, also gone on to further cement her political voice, using her influence as a platform to bring positive change to the lives of others. This has led to her native Barbados conferring onto the singer and fashion maverick the title of “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” on Thursday.
The role will entail the Work singer advancing tourism and investment for the eastern Caribbean island and promoting education in the region. The latter is a feat the philanthropist is well-prepared for, having recently raised nearly $6 million for her Clara Lionel Foundation – a non-profit organisation she founded in 2012 – at her fourth annual Diamond Ball, which took place as NYFW came to a close.
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to Barbados and continues to treasure the island as her home,” said Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
In her Guardian op-ed earlier this week, Rihanna shared her passion for making education more accessible around the world: “We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy.
“Every voice counts, and limited knowledge is no reason to stay silent. We all have a stake in this. Imagine a world where millions of children, previously left to fend for themselves, are given the chance to learn,” she continued.
“When it comes to helping the world’s poorest children, as well as the communities and societies in which they live, I’m still learning – and I need others to join me on the journey and use their voices alongside mine.”