*Let it be known that Rihanna’s life includes life sharks and sharks that live in the water.
The singer gives her take on the creature while posing with a live sand tiger shark at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar March 2015 issue. In addition, Ri-Ri chats on fearlessness and her thick skin as well as the movie “Jaws” and her ability to pick winning fashions to wear on the red carpet.
The following are excerpts from Rihanna’s Harper’s Bazaar cover story:
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?
To read Rihanna entire Harper’s Bazaar interview, click here.