Westbury New Road, the street Rihanna grew up on in St. Michael, Barbados, is now officially Rihanna Drive. The two-hour street-renaming ceremony took place on the country’s independence day (Nov. 30), and the honoree herself was in attendance, joining Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for the unveiling.
The 29-year-old beamed with hometown pride alongside friends and family in a yellow Hellessy shirt-dress worn off the shoulders from the designer’s spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection. She completed the look with yellow point-toe mules, a mini Jacquemus purse and oversize gold Jennifer Fisher hoop earrings.
Last year, the Bajan bad gal and Prince Harry celebrated the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence by attending Toast to the Nation and a special concert on the island featuring the country’s very own talent.
Check out the “Love on the Brain” singer’s Instagram photos and heartfelt message about her upbringing below.
a day my people and I will never forget! all the lessons, running around barefoot, nosey neighbors, braiding hair on the step, playing in the cemetery, walking to the beach, rum shop karaoke keeping the whole street awake til 4am (“only the lonely” by Roy Orbison is playing in my head as I type this) , stealing Sammy pomegranates from his tree, begging my mother to let me walk to Jan’s shop cause she had American snacks, selling plastic/glass bottles to Peter so I could buy those American snacks, getting my hair hot combed for Harvest at church, doing my homework on my front step while Miss Hyacinth yells “ya gon get belly hurt from dat cold step” across from her veranda, watching iFE walk past with her dreads dragging on the floor like a couture gown, all the times I thought Melissa came to hang out with me, turns out she was dating my next door neighbor all along, rushing to do dishes when my mother’s high heels start hitting the pavement as she gets off the bus from work……right here on this street! WESTBURY is more than a community, we’re family!!! Thank you for all that you’ve poured into my life and the woman I am! It takes a village, and I’m glad my village was you!!!! To God be the Glory!!!! #RiRiDrive