The island of Barbados made history this week when it elected its first-ever woman prime minister.
Mia Mottley, 52, foresaw her historic win, once telling a high school teacher that she would become the country’s first female president. And the long-time lawyer did just that when she led her Barbados Labour Party to a victory.
“I want to thank you, the people in particular,” she said of her win. “This victory is not mine, this victory is not the Labour Party’s.”
She was also endorsed by Rihanna, one of the island-nation’s biggest stars, who celebrated Mottley’s win with an Instagram post.
“Say hello to my new prime minister and most importantly the FIRST FEMALE prime minister of Barbados,” Rihanna captioned an Instagram photo of Mottley. “… well deserved and about time! breaking barriers and making history in so many ways!!! Congratulations.”
Her defeated opponent, Freundel Stuart, said that the election ”demonstrates that Barbados’s democracy is alive and well.”
Congratulations to Prime Minister Mottley.