Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM ET
We now know Rihanna has no fear of snakes -- or nudity, for that matter. The Grammy Award-winning singer poses topless on the cover of the December issue of British GQ as Medusa from Greek mythology. She sports a headful of small snakes and a large one wrapped around her neck.
Rihanna also posted a variety of photos to Instagram showing herself in various nude or almost-nude poses with the snake wrapped around her in various ways.
The photo shoot marks British GQ's 25th anniversary. Artist Damien Hirst art-directed the images, and photographer Marciano Vivanco took the photographs.
Rihanna posted a photo of herself and Vivanco to Instagram praising his work.
The singer's "Diamonds" world tour continues in Colorado on Saturday.