Rihanna graces the cover of V magazine in bikini bottoms and a platinum blond wig, a come-hither look and nothing else. The photo spread is just as daring and edgy as the pop music superstar pushes the envelope yet again and the pictures are going viral.


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The 27-year-old Rihanna routinely causes a stir on Instagram with photos that have been so outrageous she was infamously absent — and rumored (falsely) to have been banned — from the social media site for six months. Likewise on the red carpet — just think back a year ago when she upstaged everyone at the CFDA awards in a see-through Adam Selman fishnet dress that left nothing to the imagination.

But for those who have been missing the pop music icon’s edgy and daring photo shoots, no need to keep missing them, as she has delivered once again in a series of amazing photos by photographer Steven Klein.

Yes, that cover photo on V magazine sees Rihanna wearing the bottom half of a turquoise bikini and a heavy layer of eyeshadow to match. And, yes, the Marilyn Monroe-style platinum blond hair is the only other accessory unless we count the red letter “V” that’s etched across the cover.

A glance at the inside pictures reveals Rihanna in a variety of poses in that same platinum that evoke the 1960s and at times the 1970s, although with the daring of our own era. If she’s not breaking the Internet right about now, she’s certainly causing unmistakable strain.

And there’s more than just pictures, Rihanna tells the publication her views on privacy, saying, “‘Do I even give a d0ck about that anymore?”

She also weighs in on the aforementioned Instagram controversy, saying of it, “I run away from anything that does not stimulate me. I often find myself gravitating toward the underground. There is a certain creative freedom there that you can’t experience anywhere else.”

Rihanna also spoke about her upcoming album, saying that it is “soulful and aggressive, whether it’s lyrically, musically, or just the tone of my voice.”

She went on to add, “My eighth studio album was a place for me to completely express myself creatively with no boundaries and try anything I wanted.”

You can see more of the interview, along with the Rihanna V magazine photo cover here; see the inside photos here.