The singer, born and raised in the Caribbean island country, will kick off a three-year promotional deal with a concert in capital city Bridgetown. Shell promote the countrys beaches and other attractions (more beachesjust guessing?) via advertisements, touring and media engagements.
Barbados is a place like no other and one of the reasons for this is the spirit and national pride of our people, the singer said.
Although she left Barbados to pursue her music career when she was 16 years old, Rihanna
visits regularly and is viewed as a girl next door among Bajans. They really, really love herdid you know the president of Barbados even declared a national holiday to honour the singer in 2008? And, come to think of it, shouldnt Rihanna Day really become a bank holiday in the UK?
Rihanna continued: I want each and every visitor to this beautiful island to experience what makes this destination different from all others and that is the spirit and warmth of my fellow Barbadians.'
In other ambassadorial news, Oscar de la Renta
, the Puerto Rican/Dominican designer who lives and works in New York and holidays in the Dominican Republic, has been named the official Tourism Ambassador of Mexico City. The designer has
visited the city more frequently of late, even re-presenting his recent Resort show in the Ciudad de Mexico earlier this month. But still. What's with this?
Expect secret cables of fashion sketches to be leaked soon...
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