Rihanna appointed Barbados ambassador

Rihanna says she is proud and looking forward to help 're-imagine Barbados'.
Rihanna says she is proud and looking forward to help 're-imagine Barbados'.

With eight Grammys, two Brit awards and nine UK number ones, a fashion business and a charitable foundation, Rihanna now has another facet to her glittering CV - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

The pop superstar and entrepreneur was given the special role in her native Barbados, where she will promote education, tourism and investment for her home country.

Rihanna said she "couldn't be more proud" to be given the prestigious title and was looking forward to help "re-imagine Barbados".

As well as her multi-platinum musical talents, the 30-year-old was hailed for her "significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business" by the Caribbean island's prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley.

"Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education," the prime minister said.

"She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home."

Already a cultural ambassador for Barbados, her expanded role reflects her "global influence across a much broader range of areas".

Ms Motley also noted her "significant" charitable contributions at home and abroad.

"I couldn't be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country," Rihanna said.

"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."

Australian Associated Press