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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

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Grateful and honoured. That was Rihanna’s reaction to the renaming of her childhood neighbourhood to Rihanna Drive and the conferral of the title of Cultural Ambassador last night.

“I couldn’t be more honoured to have the street that I was raised on, the street that I grew up on, the street . . . my dreams were born on this very street here and I know that saying ‘believe in your dreams’, it sounds cliché but, I guarantee you, the only thing that got me here was believing my dreams,” Rihanna declared to screams yesterday.

Dressed in a gold deconstructed shirtdress and matching purse from the Jacquemeus spring-summer 2018 collection, the entertainer, actress and businesswoman took the spotlight in a ceremony that started an hour and 40 minutes late under stormy afternoon skies.

Her arrival and that of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart were heralded by a bugle fanfare and she was greeted by a flag-bearing guard of honour of cadets from Combermere School. She later chatted with Charles F. Broome Memorial School’s head boy Alique Marshall and head girl Anya Walcott, who presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a plaque.

Noting that she still thought of it as Westbury New Road, the 29-year-old singer said she could not be more grateful “for a day like this”.

She credited the people of Westbury New Road with making her into the woman that she now was.

“Special thanks to all my neighbours in Westbury New Road who had a hand in raising me and the woman that I am and the discipline that I have. I am very grateful for that kind of backbone. I believe that I was here for a reason,” she said.

The songbird said she never doubted her dreams would come true and urged young men and women to believe in their dreams.

“I didn’t know how it was going to happen. I know I was hidden away on this little rock Barbados, how would anybody find me but I always knew it would happen. I always focused on the result and that kind of faith. It really was just faith.”

She added it was that faith that got her through doubt and times of discouragement.

“It is the thing that I go back to, having faith in God. And I want to encourage not just the people of Westbury New Road and the Westbury community, but all of the people in Barbados, all the young women and young men who have dreams and think that the world is up against them, it is possible,” she said.

The event was attended by the who’s who of Barbados, including Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, MP for the area Michael Carrington, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, other politicians and noted entertainers Gabby, Red Plastic Bag and Richard Stoute. The event, which included the unveiling of a signpost and a sign board, culminated with a street party after Prime Minister Stuart and Rihanna viewed the symbol that was embedded into the pavement outside Rihanna’s former home.

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Preparation of Rihanna Drive
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23rd
September, '17

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty worldwide takeover continues into Madrid, Spain. Last night (Sep 23rd) Rihanna held a special event at Callao Cinema in Madrid, where thousands of fans gathered making it look like a concert crowd.

After signing a few autographs and taking photos with fans, Rihanna continued inside the event where she once again showed the different Fenty Beauty stations.

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21st
September, '17

As Rihanna continues to spread Fenty Beauty’s message around the globe, she’s kept the style stakes high. Arriving in Paris at the Sephora near Jardin des Tuileries, Rihanna wore a Calvin Klein black nylon dress with an off the shoulder design.

As if the special event wasn’t a surprise enough for Paris, Rihanna took the stage with an announcement; a Holiday collection. “I’m wearing it right now” she laughed, and welcomed the guests to take a look at a preview of glittery eye shadows and lip gloss.


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19th
September, '17

Rihanna never does things by halves and the exclusive UK launch of Fenty Beauty, certainly arrived with a bang. Hundreds of posters lined Knightsbridge underground station as beauty devotees emerged to form a mile long queue at 8am (Sep 19th). Hoards of crowds were seen across the country as Harvey Nichols opened its doors nationwide, with 10,000 online customers also logging on for a first look at the new generation of beauty online.

Amid tight security and secrecy (this is Rihanna after all), the crowd gathered with escalating excitement.

A hotbed of social influencer talent and VIP guests including new Vogue Editor Edward Enninful, model Leomie Anderson and singer Talia Storm (pictured), were taken on an experiential journey exploring the five different Fenty Beauty stations; Artistry, Gloss Bomb, Match Stix, Killawatt and Blotting. While playing with products, guests snacked on Prosecco-flavoured doughnuts and fortune cookies that revealed custom Fenty fates.

But it was before the party had even started that our Bajan queen produced the highlight of the night. Six lucky (and unsurprisingly shaky) customers were plucked from the swirling queue outside and invited for a Fenty makeover with the lady herself.

Resplendent in a lilac dress by Molly Goddard, the superstar greeted her awestruck fans to talk makeup, magic and more before heading down to spend a night dancing to a live set from DJ Debby Coda.

With litres of Ace of Spades Champagne, Don Julio tequila cocktails and Peroni beer, the rest of the night was a blur of swirling shapes and starry-eyes.

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Rihanna, the ultimate multi-tasking queen, capped off her whirlwind New York Fashion Week with a bang on Thursday night (Sep 14th). First, the Grammy-winning singer released her long-awaited cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, on September 8 and was met with massive praise from both beauty critics and fans. Two days later, she debuted her spring 2018 Fenty x Puma runway collection with a crowd-pleasing, high-octane, motocross-themed show held at the Park Avenue Armory. And finally, at her third annual Diamond Ball on Thursday night, she shined bright like a diamond and helped raise nearly $1 million (and counting) for the Clara Lionel Foundation, a nonprofit named in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The ultra-glamorous black-tie affair drew Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Trevor Noah, Jamie Foxx, and more of the New York City A-list who weren’t too worn out by Fashion Week for one last party.

For Rihanna, creating the Clara Lionel Foundation five years ago has been one of her greatest accomplishments, and she says that through her grandparents, she has learned to become selfless.

“They’ve been my biggest role models in my life. They gave me a new perspective and taught me not to be selfish and to give back to people,“ Rihanna said inside the lavish ball held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street. “My grandmother instilled in me a kind spirit to always help people. She’s very giving. My grandfather taught me to have a strong work ethic and that everyone can make a difference by helping each other. Creating this foundation is the most important thing I’ve done with my life. I love music, I love fashion, I love makeup, I love everything that I have done, but giving back is the most important and I want to help and make a difference in people’s lives.”

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Fashion, retail and beauty’s top leaders will gather for the annual WWD Apparel + Retail CEO Summit Oct. 24 to honor their own and download the latest industry intelligence and news, including an update from Rihanna.

The powerhouse multihyphenate is expected to talk about her Fenty x Puma clothing and shoe line, her beauty launch and other projects.

In addition to deep dives into the latest trends in the industry — from how technology is changing everything to how private equity companies are playing the field to how consumer tastes are shifting — the summit will feature the second annual WWD Honors ceremony.

Karl Lagerfeld will receive the John B. Fairchild Honor, which is dedicated to the lifetime of service and fashion influence of WWD’s late chairman and editorial director.

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Rihanna did not only host a private Fenty Beauty launch party in New York on Thursday (Sep 7th), but also stole the keys to the Sephora store at Times Square to celebrate her products officially hitting the shelves at midnight.

Just as she did with the launch of the pop-up shop for her Fenty x Puma collection before, the pop star jumped behind the cash register to start ringing up her fans, yelling to the cheering crowd, “This is my very first Fenty Beauty customer, this is the very first purchase of life,” before turning to the Sephora employees and the customer and thanking each of them, adding, “I will never forget this.”

Inside the store, Sephora staffers wearing branded “Perfect” shirts were buzzing about, yaaaaas-ing when “This Is What You Came For” blared over the speakers and Instagramming their best booty pops and shoulder shimmies set to “Wild Thoughts.” There was electricity in the air on both sides — fans outside straining for a peek of the pop star inside the building, and store employees looking out at the impending wave of hysteria about to descend on the floor.

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Inside the exclusive Sephora launch
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