Rihanna, as an internationally famous singer and artist, was appointed “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” of Barbados, CNN reported on Friday.
Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, will have the “specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism, and investment” for her home country, according to a release from the Barbados Government Information Office.
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education,” Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in the release. “She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.”
“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen, and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados,” Mottley added, while also noting that the singer’s charitable contributions have been significant for the country.
Rihanna stated that she “couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country.”
“Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility,” Rihanna added. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”
The singer also became one of the country’s cultural ambassadors in 2008, according to CNN. In that role, she did promotional work for the Caribbean region’s tourism ministry.