Not many superstars can say they have a national day in their honour. Now, Rihanna can, having accepted the title of “national hero” in her native Barbados on an historic day for the country, as it officially became a republic and the Queen was removed as head of state.
For a ceremony on 29 November that simultaneously swore in the first-ever Barbadian president, Dame Sandra Mason, in Bridgetown, Barbados, and acknowledged Rihanna as a national hero—a step up from the ambassador role bestowed on her in 2018—the Fenty mogul arrived in a Bottega Veneta dress. The ‘Diamonds’ singer poured herself into a burnt orange resort 2022 tassel halter neck gown with brown stiletto heels, and kept her make-up minimal allowing her braids to take centre stage.
After embracing the newly sworn-in president, the acclaimed Barbados-born star accepted the historic honour as the televised ceremony took place and guests in attendance celebrated the star’s latest accolade.
Prince Charles made a speech acknowledging the termination of the British monarchy’s long-standing reign, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the Caribbean island as a republic.
This article was originally published on British Vogue.