Rihanna is hot -- and not just when it comes to her career. In addition to Billboard's recent announcement that she just bested Madonna to become the fastest solo artist to chart 20 songs in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart, the 23-year-old pop star has been named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive.
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Joining the ranks of such Hollywood hotties as Minka Kelly, Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, and Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna reveals in the magazine that she doesn't think of herself as sexy -- even after she struts her stuff at one of her racy shows.
"At the end of a concert, I don't feel like I've been this sexy thing," Rihanna admits. "Really, I don't even think about it."
RiRi swears that most of the time, she's not trying to be provocative ... even during those, uh, provocative dances onstage. "Unless it's a song that really calls for it, like 'Skin' or 'S&M,' or when I cover [Prince's] 'Darling Nikki.' There's a section that's called 'Sex' in the show, which is the obvious section for sexuality."
Hmmm ... I can think of at least one person who would disagree: The farmer in Northern Ireland who insisted Rihanna stop filming a music video in his field last month after he felt she was showing too much skin!
The "Rude Boy" songstress even opens up to the magazine about her feelings toward Chris Brown, the ex-boyfriend who physically abused her. "It's incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?" Rihanna tells the mag. "I really like the music he's putting out. I'm a fan of his stuff. I've always been a fan. Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I've put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger. I'm really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have."
Russell James/Esquire Rihanna, in case you haven't noticed, has got plenty of other things to do.
Read more about why Rihanna was named this year's Sexiest Woman Alive in the November issue of Esquire.