Cover Girl: Rihanna for GQ Magazine

Posted on November 13, 2012

If there’s one thing we hate  – and there isn’t – it’s being cast against our will in the role of “prissy, middle-aged homosexuals.” We are proudly homosexuals and resigned to being considered middle-aged, but dammit, we are NOT prissy. We are NOT! We are stamping our feet in a fit of pique right now!

But girl?


Rihanna covers the December 2012 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Mario Sorrenti.

That’s a little nasty.

Hot, but nasty.

But hey, you’ve got it; and if you’re smart, you know you’re not gonna have it forever, so you might as well show it off.





[Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti for GQ]

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  • momogus


    • Eileen Duffy

       That’s JUST what I was going to say. :)

    • Jennifer McClory

       I’ll see your “ICK” and raise you a “GUH-ROSS!” and throw in an “EWW!” for good measure. 

  • Ali

    She’s been inching her way from my irrational hate list to my completely rational hate list for a while – I think this might have finally put her over the line.

    • iCouture

       Her ties to Chris Brown alone, put her on a rational hate list.

      • Slashie SA

         Yeahhhhhh let’s not judge domestic abuse victims for being domestic abuse victims, okay? Even returning to him is an incredibly common aspect of the psychology of abuse.

        • iCouture

           Too late.  Hate the man, and “anyone” that chooses to hang with him

          • iCouture

             And……..back to the topic at hand….  this is gross.

          • Slashie SA

             You are gross.

        • Ali

          What about using the event as a marketing tool for your new album, is that part of it too? Because I found that pretty repellant on her part, even before this latest development.

        • Sau-Chih Feng

          Even though I understand that it’s a symptom of the psychology of abuse, I wonder how is it she doesn’t seek the help she needs, and that everyone around her knows that she needs?

          • Slashie SA

             Be. Cause. That. Is. Part. Of. The. Psy. Chol. Og. Y. Of. Ab. Use.

  • SewingSiren

    Is she forgetful?

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I feel like a prude right about now. That is definitely nasty. 

    •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I agree, she makes me feel like an OLD prude too because all I can think of when I look at her is “such a shame, such a beautiful girl”

  • DeborahJozayt

    Thank goodness for Photoshop, because she’ll be showing her graces like this until well into her 50s.

  • RedRaven617

    At lease Elle Fanning will be able to show her kids photos of herself. I wonder how Rihanna will explain this one. Ick is right.

  • Judy_J

    I’m so very tired of her.

    • Lisa Kramp

       What you said. Definitely.

  • RzYoung

    Put your foofkin away love, we’ve all seen it

  • PeggyOC

    Also, while you’re at it, make sure you coat every last inch of it in baby oil and tattoos.

  • Mismarker

    I like how that tattoo is acting as an underwire for her invisible bra.

  • zenobar

    Bread and circuses, people.  Bread and circuses.

    • Mismarker

      I had to search engine that.  You learn something new every day.  Thank you!

    • Jane Morris

       I honestly read your post as “Breasts and circuses”….and then I hit like instead of reply. I guess seeing this caused temporary blindness.

    • Lucía Valencia

      Pan y circo is completely correct sir or ma’am.

    • TieDye64

      Exactly this.

    • DesertDweller79

       Ah, thank you.

  • Sobaika

    Nasty. Not hot.

  • Laura Medeiros

    Im more facinated by the bad retouching. I mean her hands are huge and her head is tiny

    • jilly_d

      I had to scroll back up, but you are sooooo right.  What has been seen cannot be unseen.

    • Judy_J

      You’re right!  Her head does look tiny in comparison to the rest of her body. 

    • Annabelle Archer

      I see it. I think before I was trying not to look to closely, I felt like my eyes might get the crabs or something, but yes, now I can’t unsee it.  Freakishly long arm, huge hands and me wondering if I should bleach my eyes and my computer screen.

    • tereliz

      Perhaps they thought no one would notice? 

  • Julie Chase


    • anotherkate

       I totally agree, but the question is: FOR WHAT? She’s young, rich, hot, and famous. What could she possibly crave that she thinks a lubed-up nudie shot will achieve for her?

  • PinkLemon


  • Elaine Lang

    Scrolldown nasty.   I do like her hair like that.   She looks very interesting from the shoulders up.

  • lovelyivy

    It’s not you. I am not middle aged and this is just… eww.

  • Katie Riley

    She’s tacky and I hate her. 

    • imspinningaround

      You see me after class, fancypants.

    • carpediva

      THIS. I guffawed (at work) and have been giggling periodically since.  

      I applaud your declarative certainty.

  • afabulous50

    She lost me as a fan waaayyy before this picture.  Her music’s gone south and she does nothing but promote herself as…well..uh..less than ladylike.  I won’t banter in the “curse words” for it.

  • Matt Algren

    That big yellow box on the cover kind of kills the mood, doesn’t it?

    • DeborahJozayt

      Talk about a guilt trip!

  • MilaXX

    Oh this is not hot, this is just nasty. In fact I’m a bit surprised that GQ did this. This feels more like a Maxim cover, or even a Playboy cover.  I’d have preferred she do like Kiera did and have on unbuttoned men’s pants. It’s the hint of sex that is hot, when it’s all just out there, that’s just skanky ho’.

    • Sobaika

      I didn’t notice that at first, but you’re right. GQ usually isn’t this in-your-face. Whatever sells, I guess.

    • MissMariRose

       I’m not really surprised. I remember when GQ put a naked (except for a tie) Jennifer Aniston on its cover.

      • carpediva

        Which was also too much, btw.

        • MissMariRose


  • padma sallah

    I really dont know what say. Too much, Rhianna too much.

  • Ceur

    But does she really have to show it off – and in our face – every single week? I just think it’s sad.

  • choco

    Looks like I’ll look like a total lesbian when I read the editorials in GQ this week. damn. 

  • l_c_ann

    Someone needs to keep this cover in their computer and when, in five years, she declares herself to be an ambassador for the children of the world and further demands to be taken seriously, this cover must reappear. 

    Someone there has a hell of a sense of humor by putting “Five dirty books every man should read ” just off her right butt cheek.

    • bingoparaphernalia

      Do you think it’s impossible for a woman who has posed naked at the age of 24 to ever be taken seriously? Or must it be held over her forever? How about a man?

      I don’t like this shot either but I’m comfortable putting the blame entirely on GQ, who think this is the only way they can feature a young woman on their cover – especially since British GQ did the exact same thing a while ago with Lana Del Rey.

      • Sobaika

        Preach. I’m no fan of this cover either, but some of the comments are vaguely disturbing.

      • Cristina Marie

        100% agree. The Lana Del Rey cover was just sad when compared to the way they showcased the men in that issue.

  • StellaZafella

    nice jacket.

  • lizlemonglasses

    Is that a real tattoo? How does one get a tattoo in that area? I mean, the girls would have to be… lifted, during the tattooing process, right? She must be very close with her tattoo artist. I have so many questions. Also: Ouch.

    Overall, I’m with the “ew” consensus.

    • John Hodgins

      Ouch is right.  That area would be so absolutely painful.  And the girls would have to be held up or out.  Not convenient for either the person getting or giving the tattoo.  But after hearing true life tattoo tales, this area is probably a breeze to ink. And I can guarantee that is not a spot I will have done.

    • MilaXX

       no worse than genitalia piercing, and no I don’t mean boobs.

      • lizlemonglasses

        You are so much braver than me. :)

        • MilaXX

          oh hell no. I don’t have any of those piercing. The shop I go to does (Infinity on 4th & South) and they have pictures on the shop walls. The only thing I have pierced are my ears.

  • Richard Harper

    Yeah.  Ick.  I don’t need to see that.

  • Jessica Eveland


  • Mia

    The leather jacket makes it even more nasty. & I’d like to say- I love sexy ladies-and I love tough sexy ladies with tattoos, and I love biker jackets, but damn, too much for a cover of a mag. I do think she looks amazing, but I really don’t want to have to keep explaining media like this to my 11-yr-old daughter. She loves fashion and Rihanna, like me, but I wish… *sigh forget it. Maybe these need to be with the Playboys in the back of the news stands?  

  • Ozski

    I’m just trying to figure out how she got her pants off with that manicure. EeyOuch!

  • Christina Diaz

    she’s gross. cheap and tacky.  and don’t even get me started on the chris brown business.  she’s an idiot.  

  • Ozski

    Also, she is too damn beautiful to have to resort to these shenanigans but I guess she just digs being nasty. 

  • Krysta

    Hate the hair.  Hate GQ.

  • WendyD

    I actually like the Egyptian tattoo below her breasts, it could be beautiful if the photo had included PANTS OF ANY KIND. 

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      OMG YES! Skinny jeans would’ve made the sassy. Hotpants would’ve made this plateful. As it is now, I can’t sign off.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      I think it will be funny to watch her breasts slowly encroach on the tattoo if she keeps “dressing” like this (and I fully expect her to).

    • mshesterp

      I just can’t get over the fact that SHE’S NAKED.  Not pretending to be naked, not kinda flashing some skin seductively…the bottom half of her is NAKED.  It’s really not appropriate for a dang grocery store.  Seriously, Ri?  You couldn’t even have attempted hot pants??  Or left this for the photo spread INSIDE the magazine?  Have some couth.  Dang.

      • Megan Sparks

         Rhianna doesn’t decide what goes on the cover and she’s not the one who styles the shoot. Once she’s done with the shoot she doesn’t have a say. So I feel like we shouldn’t put all the blame on her. What about the editors at GQ for picking the cover??

        • Tom and Lorenzo

           No one forced her to pose naked. She’s a big enough star that she can say “no” to the suggestion.

        • mshesterp

          But doesn’t she have to take some responsibility for doing a shoot with only one item of clothing on?  That doesn’t just happen–the “styling” is that she’s naked.  She’s way too media savvy to get a pass on this.  She’s in charge of her image, no one else.  And this is the image she’s choosing to portray.  GQ/Maxim/Playboy–it doesn’t really matter whose cover it is, she’s the one agreeing to it–just like Cammie and Nicole in their sexed up glory that T Lo pointed out some weeks ago.  In this case she’s behaving as an object and she knows it.  It’s not about blame so much as disappointment that she feels the need to go buck naked on a magazine cover, and how inappropriate it is for the general audience (I seriously keep thinking of a 6-year old seeing it at a grocery store and it grosses me out).  But I don’t really expect much more from any of the laddie mags, sadly.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    i am a superclassy lady and completely straight but LAWDY this is so strangely hot, i am fanning myself. and it’s cold out here in brooklyn. just never repeat this type of cover, riri. it loses its effectiveness pretty darn quickly. but for now, imma go take a nice cold bath. and self-flagellate. 

  • MissKimP

    Is this really necessary??

  • homespunner

    This is like that recurrent nightmare where you find yourself at school, but somehow you’ve left your pants at home–except in this version…you end up on the cover of a magazine. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    No liking it doesn’t have to equal prissiness. There’s the exploitation factor, the reducing-a-person-to-the-sum-of-her-parts factor, which is reason enough to disapprove.

    • akprincess72

      Word for word BB…

  • Vanja

    No doubt this cover will work for GQ’s target demographic, but what is the point of showing most of your skin while coyly shielding your private parts? Go big or go home.

  • Jessica Wyatt

    I thought for sure this was a Maxim cover.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Christ, woman. Put it away. You can’t make up for lack of talent with nudity. At least not in the music industry. Hahahahaha, of course you can, who am I kidding?

    I am so f’ing tired of this one. Why doesn’t she just go off and become a professional dominatrix or join a nudist colony or whatever, and get off my radio? 

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Actually, I know what my problem is. This is a cover shot for Maxim, not GQ.

    • Judy_J

      Yes, exactly.

  • Nancer

    This is just unnecessary. Why do talented women want to be objectified in this way? She’s mega-talented, she doesn’t have to project an image of a porn star. Just sad.

  • ChiKat67


  • Goldie

    What disturbs me more than the nudity is the fact that she’s so skinny her hipbone juts out like that.  Does she not have an ounce of fat on her body?

    • LLuL

       She looks healthy. My hip bone juts out like that and I’m not skinny. She’s got an athletic frame, and people with athletic frames tend to have prominent bone structure in their bodies.

  • ChiKat67

    This is a cover for playboy/penthouse…

  • JulieTy

    A) Horrible

  • nannypoo

    This is too nasty to be hot. And I hate her hair that way.

  • 1carmelita

    I’d be interested in seeing the “before” (photoshop) picture for comparison. I wish she didn’t feel the need to be so hard looking, she could be beautiful.  I guess nasty is just not for me.

  • random_poster

    And this is why I don’t roll my eyes when my daughter says things like “Taylor Swift is cute” and “I love that Never Getting Back Together song”, and Rihanna is “kinda weird.”  

    • mshesterp

      I can definitely understand why parents are supportive of the T Swift.  Regardless of whether you find her and her music annoying (and I do think that song is ridiculously catchy), she is someone you’d rather your daughter emulate than seeing her emerge out of her bedroom dressed like Riha…oh wait…SHE’S NOT ACTUALLY DRESSED.  Nevermind.

    • thecitysleeps

       I wouldn’t want my daughter to emulate Taylor Swift’s mind frame either.  That girl has some serious issues. 

      • random_poster

        I agree.  Actually, I don’t really want my daughter emulating any celebrity mindset.  

  • Veronika Kaufmann

    oh dear. I was debating whether to share this cover on my fb page. I decided against it. It’s just too much of nothing. My understanding of less is more differs from hers. Obviously. 

  • ojosazules

    So boring. Nasty, nude, and boring as fuck. It takes skill to take a photograph of this woman in nothing but nails and black leather and end up with something so boring.

  • miagain

    oh this is repulsive…

  • gsk241

    I’m not a fan of the picture, and I know next to nothing about Rihanna, but I don’t see how this is any worse than that photo of Heidi from a few years ago humping a pillow and showing us her ass crack.

  • MeredithCallahan

    Men’s magazine photog suggests photographing a woman naked because women are decoration, not talent. News at eleven.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love me some Rih Rih, and I’m definitely not a prude, but this is a terrible cover- and about the only time you can actually say that hotpants would have “elevated” anything. 

  • NJPaganelli

    There might as well not be any words on the cover. No one will read them. I’m trying too but I’m too distracted. 

  • Qitkat

    Looks like a zipper tattoo along her right, um, hip?

    Many, many years ago, covers far less risqué than this were kept behind the counter or wrapped in brown paper so the little ones (and the prissy ones) did not have to see. Does that still happen? Or are she and her tattoos just hanging out at the market with the Christmas cookies?

    • Jennifer W

      This is what I was thinking too. Is it wrapped in a special cover (& if it’s covered what’s the point of it not being a Playboy) or am I going to have to explain to my young son why Ri is naked on the newsstand at checkout?? Or why female singers pose naked for men’s (not even adult) magazines at all.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Put. It. Away. 

  • StillGary

    When I find myself having the naked-in-public nightmare — I stand like that thinking, “maybe no one will notice!”

  • Leigh David

    My first thought was, “Inappropriate!” If that makes me a middle aged priss, so be it.

  • Scarlet39

    This is just vulgar.   And her face (if anyone is looking at her face) doesn’t even look pretty. 

  • plzidgaf

    super cute imo!!!!!

  • Jecca2244

    i don’t get her. never have, never will. Vogue just did an entire story on her and at the end I think I knew less about her than I did before lol. 

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    That’s not the most flattering naked picture of Ri I’ve seen, and I kind of hate myself for having that knowledge.

  • Rand Ortega

    She’s the new Bond girl: Hoochie Galore.

  • snarkykitten

    except her proportions look completely whack ass

  • thecitysleeps

    Ummmm she’s beautiful and hot and the picture isn’t even that bad.  I love her tattoos.  When Michael Fassbender was shot naked last year we all swooned.  Me included,  he is gorgeous,  his ass included.  But jfc, some equality up in this hall.

  • Clydette Wantland

    Tasteless.  Tacky.  Whatever.

    • unbornfawn

      Just like her.

  • Cristina Marie

    I’m more grossed out in GQ than I am in her. It’s not the first time they’ve done nude women (because women aren’t allowed to wear clothes at GQ). She young and hot, and has an incredible body that she wants to show off, and I definitely won’t fault her for it, but I’m positive they could have chose a cover that didn’t make her look like a slip n slide.

  • Nacogdoches

    Can I just say how happy the sentence “We are stamping our feet in a fit of pique right now!” makes me? That’s nice writing.

  • Judih1

    What is the point? What message is she trying to give? Doesn’t she know that she can be hot WITH her clothes on?

  • marlie

    You know it’s bad when RiRi of all people gets a “TOO MUCH.”

  • carpediva

    And somehow, those nails make it that much nastier.

    HATE them.

  • margaret meyers

    Love the oiled thighs.

  • a_liking

    Why is everyone hating on this? Sure, she’s basically naked, but she’s a grown woman and can flaunt her body as much as she wants. And come on, it’s GQ magazine. 

  • oohsparkley!

    It’s too much for the cover, inside of Playboy, no problem.

  • Candigirl1968

    So awful. 

  • TieDye64

    Rather skanky, no?

  • Deborah Lipp

    The human body doesn’t bend like that. PHOTOSHOP MY EYES AAAAAH!

  • Archana Chatkara

    I am actually a HUGE RIhanna fan, but even so, I have to admit that I was quite displeased with this cover. Girl has got it goin’ on, no doubt, but I just think this was unnecessary. 

  • granddelusion

    It’s nasty and pandering. It’s objectifying and demeaning. She should put some clothes on and show some self-respect.

  • neofashionista

    her hands look like they are trying to replicate an elephant dick or something WTF
    she is goregous but this is far over the edge of trashy

  • Cate

    Wait, nasty how? Unless you just consider nudity nasty? Which I’m sure you don’t. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of legit reasons to hate on her, but I don’t think this is one. Enlighten me?

  • littlemac8

    No NO NO!!  A thousand times NO!!!

  • librarygrrl64

    Stay classy, Rihanna.

  • jmorino08

    Don’t like what they did to her hair, but she looks amazing! She’s one of few people who can pull this off.

  • AnnPopovic

    Well, we gotta have ONE dissenting vote, right? I love it. The title is “Boldest blah blah and… badasses”. And this girl? Is the KING of badasses. So good for her; she’s proven she’s not afraid of her body long before this so I can’t see as how this is something she got talked in to. I love it; she IS art and that jacket’s lovely. And it’s the perfect thing to wear with that tat.

  • guest2visits

    I’ve decided thats not pretty.  Or hot…     She’s looking very much on the edge of street ho.
    How did they manage to make some one so beautiful look so spent and cougar-y.
    Of course; the nails, the tats, the greasy over exposed angle doesn’t help.

  • quiltrx

    Looks like GQ is going the way of Maxim.  For shame.

  • DesertDweller79


    However, interesting that this same cover screams of a piece about the assassination of Chris Stevens in Libya, and also purports to name the NASA/JPL team that landed the rover on Mars as being on their “men of the year” list.  

  • Sara Munoz Munoz


  • Sau-Chih Feng

    I want her to go away now.

  • DCSheehan

    You know, just yesterday I was on iTunes and saw that she has a new album and I thought ‘Again? This girl has been shoved into our faces for literally years. Take a break!.’ Then I see this and I think ‘I really don’t like that jacket.’ Then I realise she’s nekkid and I think ‘This is the moment she officially became overexposed.’

  • Steph Foster

    If a hot guy posed like this, would any of us complain though?

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Not if it was Norman Reedus.

  • korilian

    There is just nothing sexy or appealing about this. I even hate how they styled her hair.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Yes, dear.  We know you’re gorgeous.  Now go put something on before you catch cold, OK?

  • Trisha26

    Totally disagree, TLo. This is desperation at its finest and very slutty it is. 

  • Matt

    With that hair if she had pointy ears she’s be a straight male trekkie’s (trekker?) wet dream.