Barbados – Rihanna has a new title: Her Excellency.
The government of Barbados has appointed the international pop star, born Robyn Fenty, to the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Her duties include “promoting education, tourism and investment.”
With her new role and responsibilities, it is a must to refer to her as Her Excellency or Madam Ambassador. RiRi, 30, will also receive a diplomatic passport, travel privileges and diplomatic immunity.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country,” she said in a statement released by the Barbadian government. “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 reimagine Barbados”
Rihanna became one of Barbados’ cultural ambassadors in 2008. The street she grew up on, Westbury New Road, was also renamed after her.
In the past, the Fenty Beauty mogul has donated nearly $2 million to the island’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for equipment to be used at the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. Clara Braithwaite, also known as Gran Gran Dolly, is Rihanna’s grandmother who passed away from cancer in 2012.
“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 this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,” Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in her own statement.
Mottley added, “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.”