By Natasha

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Rihanna is slaying shark tanks and magazine spreads all at the same time. Check out more “WHOA” worthy shots from her Harper’s Bazaar March 2015 cover story, her take on fearlessness and thick skin, and a few obligatory candids of the Bajan beauty out and about last night….

As she gears up for the release of her 8th studio album, “FourFiveSeconds” singer Rihanna is swimming with sharks. Well, she says only sharks swim with sharks. So she’s just slaying photoshoots with sharks in them. This past December, chick made her way to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and did umpteen outfit changes and dives inside a tank with three live sand tiger sharks.

Then this happened, all while rocking swimsuits by Gottex, Burberry, Mugler and Chanel:

On swimming with the sharks of life

I try my best to avoid the sharks of life, but I have had my share of experiences with them, and in those cases I just have to handle them accordingly. But I do not swim with sharks … sharks swim with sharks.

On whether Jaws scared her or thrilled her

Both! It freaked me out because I was a beach baby, so every time a new Jaws came out I would take months off from the beach or just sit on the sand. If I happened to get in the water, my dad would hum the theme music, and I was right back out of it. But that was really my fault because I was obsessed with Jaws. Steven Spielberg was my childhood hero.

On her tough skin attitude

This skin has been developing since my first day at school. It didn’t happen after fame; I couldn’t survive fame if I didn’t already have it. So sometimes the toughest thing in life is to be vulnerable. I’m not generally a sensitive person, but I tend to be more sensitive toward others and what they’re going through. I don’t know if that’s the healthiest thing, but it’s the truth.

On how she always picks red carpet winners

The way I dress depends on how I feel. I never have to psych myself up. Usually it just feels like it works.
My favorite red-carpet looks are usually the ones I get to help design: the Adam Selman Swarovski crystal dress at the CFDAs, the Stella McCartney all-white dress at the Met Gala, and the Adam Selman white jersey dress from the VMAs. But the red Azzedine Alaïa at the Grammys is also one of my favorites.

On whose style she would steal
Zac Posen and his sick custom suits … and the hair.

On how much maintenance it takes to keep up her image
At times a lot of maintenance, and at times none. I have a job that requires quite a lot of glam, and I have a great team that helps me with that. But sometimes, like when I’m in the studio or on vacation, there’s little to no maintenance.

On why she returned to Instagram
I … like … pictures! And that’s the bottom line.

On her guilty pleasure
Reality TV. I can’t get enough of it.

On having that body AND eating pasta everyday
You mean how I got my cellulite?

Harper’s Bazaar’s March 2015 issue is available on newsstands February 17.

Meanwhile, Rihanna hit the streets last night in L.A., to get a little more work done in the studio

Chick is really feeling the 90’s these days isn’t she. Cute.


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