Rihanna has a new ribcage tattoo that honors her late grandmother, who passed away earlier this summer.
The singer debuted the new tattoo ahead of her appearance at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London on Sunday night, MTV reported. Rihanna tweeted a picture of the ribcage tattoo to fans, showing off an image of the goddess Isis just beneath her breasts.
The picture, which Rihanna posted to Instagram, came with the message, “Goddess Isis- Complete Woman – Model for future generations- #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart #1love.”
Isis was an Egyptian goddess who was worshiped by lower classes, artists, and the oppressed, MTV noted, and Isis was seen as the ideal mother and wife.
Rihanna’s new tattoo honoring her grandmother wasn’t visible at her last public appearance at Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards. There she wore a sheer red top that showed no tattoo, but the appearance was notable more for her brief kiss with former boyfriend Chris Brown than anything she wore. When Rihanna took the stage in London with Coldplay and Jay-Z, the new tattoo could be seen.
MTV reported that Rihanna was seen walking in London’s SoHo neighborhood leaving a tattoo parlor with a bandage. The singer now has more than 20 tattoos.
Rihanna performed a number of songs at the Closing Ceremony, CBS News reported, including “Run This Town” with Coldplay and Jay-Z.
“Being at the Paralympics is the biggest honor,” she told the crowd. “These athletes are gladiators and are a true inspiration to me.”
Rihanna’s grandmother, who lived in her native Barbados, was a big part of her life. She passed away in July after a long battle with cancer.