rihanna swims with the sharks

for her 'harper's bazaar' cover shoot.

photo by norman jean roy for harper's bazaar

Rihanna has always seemed fearless to us, whether she’s rocking the most glamorous naked dress ever at the CFDA Awards or tweeting what she really thinks—so it’s no surprise that her latest cover shoot involves something even the biggest daredevils are wary of: sharks. And not the cute, oddly sad plush versions that appeared in another pop star’s Super Bowl performance—ahem, Katy Perry.

For Harper’s Bazaar’s March 2015 issue, our favorite bad girl takes to the water wearing a Chanel swimsuit to hang out with three eight-foot-long sand tiger sharks. Conceived as a way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jaws, the shoot also has a bit of a metaphorical side. While the Barbadian songstress certainly is no stranger to the sea, the shoot at the Florida Aquarium meant to show the pop star in a setting not unlike the music industry: a tank full of sharks. Yet Rihanna contended that she sees things differently, saying, “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.”

Whether she’s recording music with some guy named Paul McCartney or diving deep, Rihanna really knows how to make a splash—and how to look better than anyone else while doing it. See the full photo shoot at Harper's Bazaar.