Rihanna in Harper’s Bazaar: Life Would Be “Perfect” If I Didn’t Have Cellulite (PHOTOS)
Rihanna opens up about swimming with sharks, literally and metaphorically, in the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, in which she also talks about having cellulite and dealing with fame.
As Gossip Cop reported, Rihanna was photographed underwater for the shoot featured in the March edition, swimming alongside three sand tiger sharks and other sea creatures at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Photographer Norman Jean Roy was down under with her, and Rihanna made 12 dives total, with three outfit changes, all “while the sharks circled her intently,” says the magazine.
The shoot coincides with the 40th anniversary of Jaws, which Rihanna says she was “obsessed” with as a child. The diving experience ranks as her “greatest adventure.” “Are you kidding me? I just did a photo shoot in the midst of sharks,” she says. “It’s going to be pretty hard to beat that.”
Asked about learning to “swim with the sharks of life,” Rihanna gives an introspective response. “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,” she says, stressing, “But I do not swim with sharks… sharks swim with sharks.”
Rihanna credits her “thick skin” for allowing her to deal with fame. She explains, “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.”
As for being fearless in life like she often is with fashion, Rihanna tells Harper’s Bazaar, “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.”
And like most people, Rihanna would change a thing or two about her life if given the opportunity. In fact, when asked to share her “perfect day,” she responds, “The day I wake up without cellulite? Now that would be the perfect day.” And when the magazine wants to know how she maintains her body while eating “goddamn pasta every day,” the singer replies, “You mean how I got my cellulite?”
Looking ahead to the rest of this year, which is expected to include a new album, Rihanna reveals what she wants both personally and professionally. “The same goal I set every year — to be happy,” she says. The full interview hits newsstands on February 17. See an alternate cover below.