Rihanna Fearlessly Swims with Sharks, Talks Cellulite in Harper’s Bazaar

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Get ready to fall in love with Rihanna all over again. Her full spread for the Harper’s Bazaar March 2015 issue is here, and so is a behind-the-scenes look of her underwater photo shoot in which she swam with three 8-foot sharks.

If this doesn’t solidify Rihanna’s status as a certified beautiful badass/goddess with killer style, we don’t know what will.

On the 40th anniversary of the movie Jaws, Rihanna (who’s a pisces, naturally) took to the seas to swim with fish and sharks, and show off her fit AF bikini bod.

Posing underwater is one thing; posing while sharks are circling you is a whole other ball game. Taking place at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa back in December 2014, Rihanna proves she’s really bold and Badgalriri, like we’ve always known her to be.

Interviewed by Laura Brown for the magazine, Rihanna candidly chatted about cellulite, swimming with “sharks” in the real world, and her adventurous spirit.

See some of her “Q+A” below:

On swimming with sharks, Riri said, “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.”

Her greatest adventure: “Greatest adventure? Are you kidding me? I just did a photo shoot in the midst of sharks. It’s going to be pretty hard to beat that.”

On being fearless, “I think I’m like most people—we fear the unknown and the things that have yet to come to pass, which are the very things that don’t deserve to be feared. When you give God complete control, it’s very hard not to be fearless.

R8 is about to be released (finally!), about which Rihanna said, “I am very ambitious! It’s ridiculous how much I want to put on my plate, which is already full. I am sensitive to what my team is going through. Actually I’m lying. They get no sympathy … we love what we do!”

On her favorite red carpet look, “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.

Who’s style would Ri steal? “Zac Posen and his sick custom suits … and the hair.”

On her return to Instagram, she simply said, “I … like … pictures! And that’s the bottom line.”

What about censorship in social media: “The C-word?!!! I don’t even know how to spell that.”

We know her as a BadGal, but for what can we expect for 2015 she says, “You’re about to find out.”

Her goal for this year? “The same goal I set every year—to be happy.”

Alas, her perfect day is “The day I wake up without cellulite? Now that would be the perfect day.”

Her guilty pleasure: “Reality TV. I can’t get enough of it.”

Laura then asks, “Finally, how do you eat goddamn pasta every day and still look like that?”

Rihanna, honest as always, replied, “You mean how I got my cellulite?”


Read her full interview over at Harper’s Bazaar!