Barbadians lost their collective minds because Rihanna AKA The Right Excellent Robyn Rihanna Fenty, 11th National Hero of Barbados, received her insignia…wearing a gown without a bra under it.
The captain of a global music, fashion and cosmetics empire – and her fierce legion of fans, the Rihanna Navy – ascended the stairs to the dais after her commendation was read by Prime Minister Mia Mottley wearing a low backed, mustard gold gown with a handkerchief hem and cowl neckline. With her hair in corkscrews and sporting her signature shy, giggly, excited smile-behind-her-tattooed hand, it was clear that it wasn’t only her attitude that was perky. Some would argue that it is precisely those who are blessed and upright in the bosom department who reserve the right to go braless. But social media went into collective meltdown and Bajans at home and abroad simply were not having it.