Rihanna Swims with Sharks

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Rihanna swims with sharks in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar on the 40th anniversary of Jaws.  The shoot took place at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Three sand tiger sharks live in the tank, none shorter than eight feet long. Photographer Norman Jean Roy donned a scuba suit and jumped in. Rihanna followed—a dozen dives, and three outfit changes, while the sharks circled her intently.

Rhianna Swims with Sharks

Some highlights from the Harper’s Bazaar interview:


Swimming with sharks is not only scary, it’s a big metaphor. How did you learn to swim 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.”


Did you watch Jaws as a kid? Did it scare you or thrill you?

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.


Would you say you’re adventurous? What is the greatest adventure you’ve been on, and what would you like to do?

“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.”


You’ve been killing it stylewise. Do you have to psych yourself up for a daring red-carpet look or do you just go for it?

“The way I dress depends on how I feel. I never have to psych myself up. Usually it just feels like it works.”


Is there a line, fashionwise, that you would never cross—something you would never wear?

“I don’t like to commit to those kind of rules. You never know.”


See the fashion shoot: www.harpersbazaar.com/rihanna

Read the full interview: www.harpersbazaar.com/rihannainterview

Producer who swims with the sharks in Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean. Riding the entertainment wave from one red carpet to the next.

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