Rihanna’s Instagram feed has been especially, if not unusually colorful this week. As of Saturday, she revealed she’s back to sporting awe-strikingly unnatural hair, courtesy ofa video post (bright blue is the color du jour), and today, she’s been uploading photos of her freshly dyed self in a jewel-covered bikini and neon feathers.
The glamorous getup looks like something her character, Bubbles, might have worn during her performance as a shapeshifting alien stripper in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but it’s not from the movie—and she’s not shooting a new music video, either. She’s dressed that way to celebrate Crop Over, the biggest event of the year in Barbados.
The 29-year-old singer grew up on the Caribbean island, and she returns to spend Crop Over with her friends and family whenever her schedule allows. Barbados was once the world’s largest sugar producer, and the Crop Over festival began in the 1780s as a way to mark the end of the sugar season. It kicks off in late May, after which two months of partying lead up to Kadooment Day, a national holiday on the first Monday in August. That day, a huge parade called the Grand Kadooment happens in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados, where Rihanna grew up. During the parade, bands dressed in elaborate costumes perform calypso and soca music for crowds of revelers.
Of course, Rihanna doesn’t just return to Barbados to party. In March, she was named Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year for her philanthropic work, which includes a $1.75 million donation to fund a breast cancer treatment center on the island.
The photos above show Rihanna’s 2017 Crop Over costume, which Harper’s Bazaar called “The greatest Victoria’s Secret Angel you’ve ever seen.” Here are a few photos from her 2015 celebrations, in which she peacocked almost quite literally in a seriously bejeweled and befeathered ensemble.
In 2013, she took a more low-key approached with more minimal prismatic white diamonds and even more skin: red and gold versus shady ice queen.
Let’s compare and contrast her 2013 and 2011 Crop Over costumes: