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Rihanna appointed as ambassador to her native Barbados

Rihanna called “Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador” by The government.

(Reuters)

Rihanna is just a promotion.

After seven years as a cultural ambassador for her native Barbados, the pop star, 30, has been named the nation’s “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,” according to a press release from the Government of the country Information Service.

“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the area of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country is, and remains, the treasure on the island, her home,” prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in the statement.

“She has also demonstrated that, beyond her success as a pop icon, important creative insight and acumen in the business world. It is therefore appropriate that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.”

After all helped with the promotion of tourism to Barbados since 2008, Rihanna will now also be promoting the country of education and investment efforts, as part of her new responsibilities.

In the statement, Rihanna was quoted as saying “they couldn’t be more proud” of the chance to help shape the future of its country of origin.

“I could not be more proud of such a prestigious title in my country,” she said. “Every Barbados is going to have to play their role in the current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility. I look forward to working with prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”

News of the appointment comes just over a week after the singer’s last Diamond Ball raised $6 million for her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation.

This story was previously published in the New York Post.

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