Starring Rihanna and a team of sharks, the concept is jaw droppingly (did you see what I did there?) brilliant. Never one to do things by half, Rihanna was more than willing to dive straight in to the tank of a Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Joined by 3 sand tiger sharks, none shorter than 8 feet long, the authenticity of the shoot only adds to the charm and amazement of the spectacular, tropical images produced.
Although accustomed to divers, a pop star with a team of stylists and photographers is likely to be a new experience for the sharks, and you have to commend the pop stars brave and bold attitude to do this all in the name of fashion.
Rihanna also took this experience as a metaphor about life, and stated in the interview "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." How very profound.
Donning a $950 Chanel swimsuit and $5,500 worth of Tiffany jewellery, Rihanna still managed to emit glamour even when in the mouth of a shark. That's probably something that not a lot of people can say.
Later in the interview, Rihanna was asked what her greatest ever adventure had been, to which she responded, "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." So before you start thinking this is just another day in the life of a global superstar, it's not.
The cover of the magazine shows RiRi out of the water, sporting a gold Balmain jumpsuit and looking a little more at ease.
This issue is out now, and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it. Watch behind the scenes footage from the shoot below:
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