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With her killer fashion sense and adventurous style, it is no secret Rihanna has nerves of steel but Harper’s Bazar put this to test. On the 40th anniversary of Jaws, the Bajan babe faces off with three eight-foot predators for the March 2015 edition of the fashion magazine.

On the cover, the fashion-obsessed singer, 26, went ’70s glam in a shimmering bronze jumpsuit with gaping side cutouts, designed by her close friend and Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing. Photographed by Photographer Norman Jean Roy at Florida Aquarium in Tampa, the singer showed no fear swimming with tiger sharks.

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In the accompanying interview, Riri talked fashion, music and ‘sharks’ in real life.

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On 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 Jaws

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.”

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On having a thick skin

“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 her favourite red carpet looks

“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.”

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Read the full interview on Harper’s Bazaar.

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