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Topless Rihanna poses as Medusa for British GQ

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.

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Rihanna poses with snakes on the cover of British GQ.

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.

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The award-winning singer and style icon is a force in pop music.

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