Westbury New Road, the St. Michael street that Rihanna grew up on, has been renamed Rihanna Drive in her honor.
This caused a commotion on social media with many in the RihannaNavy stating they were moving there.
The singer unveiled a shiny plaque to commemorate the name change, writing on Instagram, “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.”
She didn’t just post about the tribute on social media, she gave a heartfelt speech in which she encouraged those living in Barbados to dream big.
Rihanna Unvieled "Rihanna Drive", her new street in Barbados Today✨🇧🇧 pic.twitter.com/ENegmbzg7l
— MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) December 1, 2017
Brb moving to Rihanna Drive, Barbados
— Angelina (@angelina1242) December 1, 2017
So who wants to move to Barbados & live on Rihanna drive w/me🤔💙💛
— Daissss🍑 (@mamidaiss) December 1, 2017
Me walking along Rihanna drive, wearing Fenty Beauty and Fenty Puma, drinking Fenty Estates wine and calling up my girls pic.twitter.com/S8VkUJTqOS
— fresh eshabwe. (@soafricane) December 1, 2017
She also made headlines recently when she said she is not going to use trans women as a gimmick or marketing tool after fan Alberto Otero said she “should invite a trans girl to the group” in her next Fenty Beauty campaign.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don’t go around doing trans castings,” she wrote, according to the screenshot Otero posted. “Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings! I respect all women, and whether they’re trans or not is none of my business.”
Rihanna also said that she understands that not every trans woman is comfortable sharing their identity like that.
“I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman or man be used as a convenient marketing tool,” she continued. “Too often do I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike! There’s always just that one spot in the campaign for the token ‘we look mad diverse’ girl/guy. It’s sad,” she went on to say.
Otero says he was surprised that the famous singer responded to him and thought the moment should be used as a lesson to others.
“I asked a friend who is a trans woman about what she thought of Rihanna’s reply and then she said she was right,” he wrote. “I could not get a conclusion about what Rihanna had said alone; I’m a man and I’m not trans, understand? So, you may realize that segregating castings for trans and nontrans would be wrong. I understood that Rihanna does casting with people and not with labels to use them as a marketing tool.”
— savage (@lbertootero) November 29, 2017
Rihanna doing her speech!! 🇧🇧💛 pic.twitter.com/DnFi5Rce6S
— Laia Fenty (@laiafenty) November 30, 2017
🇧🇧💛 “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.”