CALIFORNIA, USA, Monday December 3, 2012 – Rihanna appears to be short a few clothes again, this time on the cover of the December edition of GQ magazine, which she graces completely nude to bring Christmas cheer to the publication’s predominantly male audience.
Naughty, nice and loaded with spice, the shot features the Barbadian megastar sporting her famous tattoos, a scattering of bling and a black leather jacket artfully draped to conceal the last of the Diamonds girl’s few remaining secrets.
The 24-year-old recording artist, whose Unapologetic album soared to the top of the US and UK charts within days of its recent release, nevertheless bared more than her body for GQ, talking about everything from her self-image to relationships.
Extracts from the “Rihanna: Obsession of the Year 2012” cover story follow:
On her self-image:
"Sometimes a person looks at me and sees dollars. They see numbers and they see a product. I look at me and see art. If I didn't like what I was doing, then I would say I was committing slavery. "
On her sex appeal:
"That comes from my culture. That's just the way it's always been, and I think that for people, especially in America, they make it like the forbidden fruit, but that only makes kids more curious.
"I was a lot more naive about the way I moved and the way I was being perceived. The more you hear people talk about 'Oh, you're a sex symbol,' it just makes you think, 'Why are you saying that?' And I figured it out."
On her relationship preferences:
"I like to feel like a woman. I have to be in control in every other aspect of my life, so I feel like in a relationship, like I wanted to be able to take a step back and have somebody else take the lead. I could absolutely be dominant, but, in general, I'd rather... How do I say this in like a...non-X-rated version?"
"Love makes you go places you probably wouldn't ever go, had it not been for love. But I think everybody still has their limits."
On her music:
"I want to make music that's hopeful, uplifting. Nothing corny or supersentimental. I just want it to have the feeling that brings you out of whatever you're going through. I want it to spark that fire. I want it to be real, authentic, and raw."
On the brawl between Chris Brown and rapper Drake, said to be over Rihanna: