The LGBT community and Barbadian women have reason to celebrate, as the first woman prime minister Mia Mottley was recently elected into office. While this is obviously good news, the not-so-obvious story is that Barbadian star Rihanna reportedly ‘endorsed’ Mottley amid a homophobic campaign against her by the Democratic Labour Party, in which it made assumptions about her sexuality.
It was during this campaign that Rihanna commented on a friend’s Instagram post, expressing that she backs Mottley as prime minister. ‘Yes… she deserves it!’ she succinctly said. The Barbados Labour Party leader then thanked Miss Fenty for her love and support.
Responding to the announcement that she had been elected, Ms Mottley said, ‘This is not my victory. This is not the Labour Party’s victory. This is the people of Barbados’ victory.’
According to Erasing 76 Crimes, during Mottley’s tenure as attorney general of Barbados, she ‘commissioned a study on laws that affected HIV interventions’, which suggested that the country’s harsh anti-sodomy laws – which call for life imprisonment – be done away with. Unfortunately, this appeal was met with rogue public opposition and ultimately dropped, but Mottley’s new administration, now holding all 30 seats in the House of Assembly, is advocating for a referendum on LGBT issues.
This is not the first time that the Fenty Beauty founder has spoken up for a good cause, as earlier this year she and French president Emmanuel Macron championed funding for global education at a conference in Senegal, where they managed to secure approximately $250 million. Of course, Barbados’ latest success story cannot solely be attributed to its golden girl, but this is just to say that Riri’s dedication to social and political issues is worthy of all the praise. It’s clear that a nod from one of your local role models can really do wonders for the overall morale of the country.