Katharine Hepburn has one. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire do, too. And now, Rihanna joins the exclusive club of the uber-celebs: she’s had a street named after her. On Barbados Independence Day, the government of Barbados has renamed the street she grew up on to Rihanna Drive.
Shut up and Rihanna Drive
Wearing a marigold-coloured custom-made dress by Hellessy, the singer accessorised with a dainty Simon Porte Jacquemus bag. Her skin was glowing – possibly thanks to her Fenty Beauty range.
Rihanna Drive was originally called Westbury New Road and is where little Robyn Rihanna Fenty grew up. On the welcoming plaque, Rihanna penned some personal words about growing up on Westbury New Road and what the day meant to her.
“Welcome to Rihanna Drive… My home. My whole life was shaped on this very road. I was just a little girl riding bikes, running around barefoot, and flying kites in the cemetery, but I had BIG dreams. Dreams that were born and realized right here. Thank you to my family, my country and the people of Westbury New Road! You will forever be a part of who I am, and for that I am honored to have this place named after me.”
Believe in your dreams
Rihanna doing her speech!! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/DnFi5Rce6S
— Laia Fenty (@laiafenty) November 30, 2017
Already a cultural ambassador for her home country and made headlines over the summer with her Crop Over Festival appearance there. Last Independence Day, she and Prince Harry spread awareness on behalf of the National HIV/AIDS Commission. She was there again this year amid pouring rain for the opening ceremony of her street.
“I know that saying ‘believe in your dreams’ it sounds cliché, but I guarantee you the only thing that got me here was believing in my dream.”