Rihanna: I see myself as art
November 13th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Rihanna: I see myself as art

There aren't many women in Hollywood who seem as comfortable in their skin as Rihanna does.

The 24-year-old's nonchalance toward nudity, partial or otherwise, is well-documented, and she brings the same ease in a cover and photo spread for GQ's December issue.

Dedicated to their men of the year - Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck among them - the magazine also highlights their "obsession of the year," Rihanna, clad in nothing but a leather jacket covering her shoulders.

But what's more stunning than the image is the fact that she had time for the shoot at all, considering that she's been ramping up to release her seventh studio album in seven years on November 19.

Starting Wednesday, Rihanna will embark on a seven-day tour promoting the record, "Unapologetic," bouncing from Mexico City (November 14) to Toronto (November 15) to Stockholm (November 16) to Paris (November 17) before coming back to New York City the day after her album's release.

"Sometimes a person looks at me and sees dollars. They see numbers and they see a product," the "Diamonds" singer told GQ. "I look at me and see art. If I didn’t like what I was doing, then I would say I was committing slavery."

Photos: GQ's Obsession of the Year

But Rihanna is in the driver's seat of her career and public persona, a position that leads her to want to take the backseat when it comes to romance.

“I like to feel like a woman," she said of her turn-ons. "I have to be in control in every other aspect of my life, so I feel like in a relationship, like I wanted to be able to take a step back and have somebody else take the lead.”

Being in love, she continued, "makes you go places you probably wouldn't ever go, had it not been for love. But I think everybody still has their limits."

Filed under: Celebrities • Rihanna

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  1. Shills

    I can't believe these media supported 'artists'. Boy do they have an ego. Call them 'Super Egos', NOT 'Super Stars'. Please, for the sake of other beautiful women.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pirkko

    You may be the only one.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • P

      Come on hater, she is beautiful and if you didn't think so why would you be even interested in reading this article... Don't get jealous, get inspired.

      November 21, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Shills

      Boy, you said it!

      November 21, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. I like my ass...

    its going down still needs work but i like my ass.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. downtown 100

    I look at her and i see a big fat azz

    November 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Inspirata

    Go Rihanna!! You're a symbol of empowerment and NOT GIVING A F***!!! A True One...
    Stay Beautiful and Rich!!!! U R Loved!

    November 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pablo695

    Funny, no one else seems to see that...

    November 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lets go tell everyone in town this one--fat loser


    November 19, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. the 2 employees of the year--

    fatso and ratso–i got 200 people comeing wednesday how many you got?


    November 19, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. most respected in town


    November 19, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. she has a great rear ... and yours?


    November 19, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. She may have been abused

    but she's not skum

    November 19, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      she hangs out with ganstas........the man who beat her and jay zee.......do the math

      November 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Margaret

    She questioned the cheater and her face was slapped off..shame.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. bob

    Art? A lot of luck and some talent maybe but art no.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. your someone we trust


    November 19, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Print

    November 19, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  16. your the perfect wife/girlfriend of all time


    November 19, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  17. who cares

    mike you ask me the same question on how he bangs that sleaze....nobody know nobody cares.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  18. nancy

    you look at yourself as art? I see you as a beaten up woman who won't leave her abuser. you are a sad sad person ri

    November 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • your lucky you must have a man

      who doesn't cheat on your...good for you

      November 19, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • your lucky your man doesn't go for young women


      November 19, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. delicious canoli

    and the cream was fabulous

    November 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  20. if you talking to me...

    queen was an only child so i received a mountain of attention–my uncles still race to me when i walk into a room before their own kids...their kids call me the "special" one(its a joke) ... my uncles are like my brothers, we are more then uncles and niece - queen was the first pumpkin to be born. she was with them a long time until the others were born.

    When you are an only child no matter how old you are...you receive a bit more attention.. if your not talking to me–oh well.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. louise

    After singing (badly) about whips and chains, she looks at herself and sees ART? At least someone does...

    November 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  22. viranka

    when i look at you i see a spoiled brat....

    November 18, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  23. here-

    bzy-production went well...today tomorrow and tuesday that's it...girl's mom is very sick-got fill in call. ha!
    hse full...didn't expect everyone to go because of thanks...but all will be there! sent email out 46 said
    yes - Midge had fun this year with this...establishment said they need bucks so they said we'll call midge to
    belt out a tune..i said yea right....

    November 18, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  24. vomit.

    whats between her boobies is that a tattoo of a lighthouse?

    November 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. oshedu

    why????? u de mad, this is a disgrace to womanhood.

    November 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. notforlong

    i love her voice.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Cow22

    She's a beautiful girl, her new cd is great and i hope she stay in the business for a very long time.
    the haircut is too cute.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  28. naileditshut

    50 shades of future Bobby and Whitney.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  29. downtown100

    She has everything goung for her except color

    November 17, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  30. your a fat pig thats why

    November 17, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  31. Chucklehead

    This chick is a joke. The only art I see is one of those black velvet paintings they sell at the highway off-ramps.

    November 17, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  32. mlg4035

    Sorry, but a self-absorbed twit who looks like a boy is not my idea of "art". No, thank you!

    November 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. deuce

    wishing i could be under my blankets naked right now makes me very happy.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Dos

    she loves being naked.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  35. 1

    So now she is an "Art" inside a Rhianna's body? Hey, whatever.
    I, however, prefer my news STD FREE.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Boo

    Yeah? I look at her and see a no talent slag......

    November 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ozzi7

    Art who?

    November 16, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  38. Pants

    I look at her and all I see is FOREHEAD.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  39. tibbar

    would someone please put her on a rocket , and shoot it into space

    November 15, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  40. CJ

    Throwing paint on a wall doesn't make it art! And walking around naked? Hey, even babies do that.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  41. PurpleSmokin is signing off... now...

    time for some finger snappin purple smokin for a while...

    November 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. PurpleSmokin Here

    there was not talk of the bag being on at all times...all that was said was...in the begining until 2 people get to know each other bit..there should be a condom involved–we haven't even shook hands yet and your worried about how the condom
    situation is going to work..remember your the one who runs in the bathroom and thinks i'm and ugly wench...that doesn't exactly make me want to talk condoms...you know what i mean?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |


    November 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  44. she's beautiful...guys love her bazooms...


    November 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Debbie

    and Chris Brown sees her as a punching bag, so there you go

    November 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Clete

    She does kind of remind me of Art Garfunkle

    November 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ash

    Anyone who sees themselves as art has their head stuck where the sun dont shine. I mean if your gonna boast anything it should be your talent, not your looks. they will fade and from the sounds of things so is she. Didnt she release a loud of hits in one year. Now all she does is hlf naked photo shoots while trying to duck cams when seeing the ex. Art?? I think not.

    November 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  48. elaine

    Her little brother must be so proud, yes, she is pretty, but once in a while I would like to see her in clothes. She really is proud of herself,

    November 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jessica @ work

    The shock would be if she posed for photos with clothes ON. Geez. So what.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Rob

    some people considered a cross in urine art too Rihanna,I believe looking at this picture you are as much art as that jar.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  51. TJ

    It's true, Isis will have more work than she can bear holding up those boobs in a few more years! Haha you put your self out for the world to judge and this is what you get. Get clothes on!

    November 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Christen

    She's become so full of herself that her ego is starting to out shine her talent. She's a very pretty girl, but she needs to gain some substance about her

    November 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Big Daddy Cool

    Wow...this crazy a$$ chick is so headed down the Whitney Houston Highway it's acary.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  54. r0ses

    Her boobies are all streched like old stockings. yuck

    November 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Jujubeans

    Now that's the kind of art I can appreciate!

    November 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Leon Peris

    Bobby flay is wonderful!

    November 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  57. Jhamilton918

    She is like a piece of clay, and her boyfriend is always willing to rearrange her face for her. It is like he says in his "song" I will transform you! ... into a bloody swollen mess.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Clyde Stevens

      Okay give it a rest already that was in the past,can't you think of something else to say.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  58. angryersmell

    One person's trash is another person's "art". The reverse is also true.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  59. Billy The Kid

    Wish I could spend Thanksgiving with her,my family is cool until to much wine is consumed.I'd rather chill with Rihanna and maybe a few blunts.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  60. only "down the block"


    November 14, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  61. i hate this writing...(t)

    can't we talk big man?

    November 14, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  62. being naked is so much fun


    November 14, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |


    November 14, 2012 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  64. Stallion

    When I think I've seen it all she gets more beautiful,I like her much better with short black hair.

    November 14, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  65. Terrible_Ted

    She has about a 9th grade education. Get this uneducated idiot out of my country. Her utterings are laughable and we laugh at her behind her back..

    November 14, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • R.Malnoe

      She's finished high school,have you?I love her and I think she and her long beautiful long legs should stay in the country.

      November 14, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  66. Martin Glass

    You people are sad Rihanna is a beautiful girl,you would kiss her feet if you had the chance.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I would not touch a single part of that dirty sk a nks body unless it was wrapped cellophane, dipped in isopropyl alchohol, and rubbed with penicillin.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  67. ?????

    I think she looks pretty good right now. Just wait until she gets old, though. Those puppies will be hanging down around her waist. And with that tattoo, it will probably look like the face of an animal or something. Like one of those dogs with the big droopy ears, hahahaha can you picture it! Oh wait, don't want that image stuck in your head. Don't go there.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Fugal

      That sounds as dumb as this,wait until you get old i'll bet you look like sh!t now so in twenty years what will you look like?Old sh!t?

      November 14, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • ?????

      Hard to respond to your statement when it was so incoherent. I was just making an honest observation. It's just a fact that gravity will eventually take over. Happens to everyone. She might be booty licious right now, but what until mother nature takes over. They will look like a couple of tube socks with some rocks in them, just a dangling there. She'll probably be able to flip them babies over her shoulder, too. Hahahahaha Just think about that!

      November 14, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • T.Malone

      You're stupid,way before that happens she'll get a lift or implants,I mean this woman has money.Duh

      November 14, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      @t malone- she will be a flash in the pan. She will fade into oblivion soon, due to the fact that she has no real talent. When she gets older, the money will be gone, hence the girls will be on their own to sag. Add a big butt to that equation, she will be one ugly mess. Mark my words!

      November 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Saul E.

      @Nah,you're either a woman or a g*y man who cares what they (her breast)look like in twenty years?All I know is they look delicious now.

      November 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  68. she's here get off the computer

    November 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  69. prustcw

    Oh grow up, she is so photoshopped one it call it fraud....really

    November 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Beautiful Vixen

    The lady looks good. Stop being so hard on her.

    November 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jujubeans

      It's her fault I'm HARD ON her, she looks good!

      November 14, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • @jujubeans

      You are just an old horn dog, aren't ya? That's ok, though. Got to use it or you lose it, as they say.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • beautiful vixen

      has anyone ever cheated on you girl...


      November 19, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  71. Chef Jones

    I wish she was naked with me right now,I would love her all over.

    November 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  72. SKY


    November 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  73. James T.

    The s*xiest woman alive.So keep eating your pathetic jealous hearts out. losers.

    November 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Kasandra

    R. has no self esteem

    November 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Kai

    Wow, who are you people. Such hatred, Evil wicked comments. You people have so much hatred inside you. Rihanna is beautiful, gorgeous. Can't say I agree with her nudity, but if she is comfortable in her skin, most likely coming from her culture, then thats her biz. Noticed most of the hateful, Evil, Mean spirited comments are coming from you Hypocrites. Talk about Gross. The only thing I see Gross on this page is the people making such Evil, and I do mean Evil, Shameful, Acid comments. Shame on you Children of the Corn. Look at yourslves in the mirror tonight and repeawt 3x to yourselves "I am the Devil's Spawn, the Evil that exist in this world is within my Soul" Evil Ones!!!

    November 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papo

      In a world full of terrorism, ethnic discrimination, wars for greed, human trafficking, brutal dictatorships, poachers, and puppy mills... TRUE UNADULTERATED EVIL IS EMBODIED ONLY IN THOSE THAT LEAVE DISPARAGING COMMENTS ABOUT POP STARS!!! AAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH

      November 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Big Shiz

    I'm happy all you angry repubs have a distraction. Just kidding,Obama bit chs

    November 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  77. hawk (7)

    i would rather do a woman of 80 years old who would give me more respect then rihanna (fat hack)

    "other" options good-remains only wear we did set ups

    November 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Papo

    Well, that makes one of us, then. I see her as a walking cancer, with pathetically low self-esteem and an unbearable voice. But art's all relative.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Hawk (7)

    i would rather give a man a bj then hang around rihanna(hippo hack)

    November 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Shannon

    Agreed. 10,000 percent agreed.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  81. OldMan

    I'd rather watch the lawrence welk show then get in bed with rihanna(hipps)

    November 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Hey

    i'd rather watch a movie and play with my kanoodie..then hang around rihanna (hippo)

    November 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  83. i'd rather be a gay man

    then hang around rihanna(hippo)

    November 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  84. janine

    i'd rather be lesbeon then be around rihanna(hipps)

    November 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Hawk (7)

    i'd rather be married to my hand then rihanna that's for sure(hips)

    November 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Hawk (7)

    i would never date her that's for sure–you can keep rihanna..

    November 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Demmi

    Close your mouth!!!

    November 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Rihanna's hooch doesn't smell

    yours does...

    November 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  90. we love her....

    everyone make sure you address Louie ok?

    November 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Great Body

    I hope he screws her too...BAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAA

    November 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Rihanna is classy with no clothes on...

    your what we call garbage.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  93. eLoanServices [1000@firemail-mailera.com]

    another one...

    November 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  94. derp

    "I see myself as art"

    The rest of us see you as a dirty ghetto sk a nk.

    I can't even image who rancid that hooch smells.

    If you could see gonorrhea, it would look like her.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      That's the funniest thing I've ever heard!! So very true too!

      November 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Ditto. If she is like her bros she may of possibly not had a bath in 6 months and doesn't know what deodorant is.

      November 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • T.Bone

      I'll bet instead you look and smell more like Gangrene hahaha!

      November 14, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  95. we will always be there for Louie....

    and so will his other friends...he's a wonderful guy who was misread by alot of people and we will continue to give him respect when we see him at all times...i will make it a point now of saying hello when he is there and i will make sure all the girls make it a point of saying hello to louie....

    November 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  96. your fat

    she isn't

    November 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Tanya

    That is just too funny. She is not art, she is nasty.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  98. kenny

    shes hot!

    November 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Killer Body

    she'd rather get on a treadmill then sit at a computer all day...she said the hips get wider and wider....

    November 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  100. no way....

    she does not have hips that go from here to chicago...she looks amazing

    November 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Rebbeca


    November 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  102. anyone ever been to a nude beach?

    me never but curious.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Rihanna should be proud

    good for her–i love being naked...i don't look like her unfortunately...but i love being naked.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Cora

    They need to put her in jail for going around like that. Young ladies just have no morals these days. She should be ashamed.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Snorlax

    She's purrrrty!

    November 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  106. her figure is just like rihanna's


    November 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  107. 1st!

    : )

    November 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |

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