Friday, 01 December 2017 05:04

It's Rihanna Drive

She's had the ultimate honor bestowed upon her by having the street she grew up on as a child renamed after her.
And Rihanna certainly ensured all eyes were on her as she attended the official ceremony to unveil the newly-named Rihanna Drive in her St. Michael hometown on Wednesday, marking Barbados' Independence Day.
The Grammy-winning singer, 29, looked incredible as she turned heads in a bold canary yellow shirt-style mini-dress from Hellessy, which hung off her shoulders to showcase her decolletage.

The Shut Up And Drive hitmaker complemented her thigh-skimming number with matching stiletto heels and a tiny purse.
Huge gold hoops, several necklaces and spangly bracelets added a bling factor to Rihanna's look as she joined Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at the two-hour ceremony.

The pop princess wore her raven locks piled on top of her head and accentuated her naturally striking looks with low-key make-up.
In spite of the rain, Rihanna seemed in high spirits as she attended the ceremony, smiling and waving to fans as she strolled through the streets of her hometown.

The songstress also shared a snap of the sign itself on Instagram on Thursday.
In the image, the new hardware can be seen attached to a wooden post, along with the caption 'on any block.'
The Work hitmaker grew up on Westbury New Road in the  capital Bridgetown, and last month officials decided to change the name of the avenue to honor the local 'superstar'.
The statement read: 'The Government of Barbados will on Independence Day, Thursday 30th November, 2017 officially change the name of Westbury New Road located in St. Michael to Rihanna Drive in honor of Barbadian superstar Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty who grew up in Westbury New Road.'

Rihanna is fiercely proud of her Bajan heritage and has kept strong links with the island, regularly traveling back to see friends and family and attend the annual Kadooment Day street party.
The musician was discovered in Barbados back in 2003 by music producer Evan Rogers and moved to New York City in 2005 when she signed a record deal with Def Jam after auditioning for Jay-Z and L.A. Reid.
Rihanna went on to become the first-ever Barbadian to win a Grammy and still owns a $22million property on the island's exclusive One Sandy Lane resort.
In December 2016, the songstress joined forces with Prince Harry during his 15-day tour of the Caribbean.

As well as teaming up for a series of celebratory events to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independence, the pair both volunteered for HIV tests to highlight World Aids Day.
In 2012, the singer said growing up in Barbados gave her 'a thick skin' because she was 'teased about being biracial' while she was at school.
Speaking in an interview with ITV, she explained: 'A lot of the reason why I am the way that I am and my character has a lot to do with my culture.
'It really helped to have a thick skin coming from Barbados. I definitely had to learn fast how to ignore things or not let it bother me.
'From the time I was very young, I was teased about being biracial. That was one of the first things I dealt with, then it went on throughout high school.
'If it wasn't one thing it was the other thing. In my home, a lot of the things I saw helped prepare me for this world.'
Rihanna - who is now in a relationship with Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel - is believed to have a net worth of $230 million as of April 2017.
The star has amassed eight Grammys throughout her career and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, bagging fourteen number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.


Yesterday, Rihanna offered advice to those with big dreams in the audience, saying that while there were days when she was doubtful and discouraged, prior to making it out of Barbados to pursue her dreams, she kept the faith. “It really was just faith, that childlike faith and even now, when I get a little bit discouraged or doubtful, it’s the thing that I go back to, having faith in God. I want to encourage not just the people of Westbury New Road and the community but all the people of Barbados, all the young women and young men, who have dreams and think that the world is up against them, it is possible so just keep believing. Never forget that faith could go a very, very long way,” she said.

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