When it comes to the cover of a women's magazine, we expect Rihanna to tone down her usual overt sexuality. And in a leaked image of her forthcoming ELLE UK covershoot, the singer manages to channel a sophisticated sexiness in a halterneck top and mini-skirt.
Looking good: Rihanna shows off her toned back in a halterneck top and mini skirt for the April cover of ELLE UK
With her hair cropped short, the 24-year-old smoulders as she looks straight ahead of the camera for the April issue of the glossy.
The photos were taken at a Paris studio, with the singer in a series of monochrome ensembles. Her photoshoot comes as she plans to launch her debut fashion collection Rihanna for River Island on March 4. On Saturday, she made a brief appearance on the catwalk at her London Fashion Week show.
Holiday mode: Rihanna relaxes by a pool in an Instagram photo
Meanwhile, Rihanna is rumoured to have already split from Chris Brown following their recent reconciliation. The R&B bad boy was nowhere to be seen as Rihanna partied with friends on Valentine's Day. The couple had only gone public together at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game on Christmas Day. In a recent interview, the singer opened up on their controversial reconciliation four years after Chris assaulted her following a pre-Grammy party.
She said: "I decided it was more important for me to be happy, and I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it."