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Sunday 21 September 2014

Rihanna: I wanted face tattoo

Rihanna
Rihanna
Rihanna arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Rihanna loves body art so much she wanted to get a tattoo on her face.

The controversial star explained just how close she came to getting the permanent addition etched onto her skin.

Rihanna joked that the only thing that stopped her was not being able to find someone willing to comply with her unusual request.

"The tattoo artist said, 'Nope, I'm not gonna do it,'" Rihanna laughed to the US edition of GQ magazine. "Because if you're looking at your face, it's right there staring at you."

The 24-year-old singer revealed her spontaneous attitude to her style while being interviewed by the men's magazine for its December edition.

Rihanna appears almost naked on the cover of the publication. Inside there are more raunchy photographs of her posing provocatively in items including a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci shirt and jewellery by Cartier.

The star claims her on-stage look and persona isn't that different to how she is off-duty.

Already she has been hailed as the sexiest woman alive, just one of the titles she's been awarded for her unique style.

Discussing her iconic status, Rihanna claimed she is "the black Madonna".

Rihanna's risqué appeal comes naturally to her. The Barbadian singer used to find it puzzling when people referred to her as being a sex symbol until she realised the impact her roots play in her attitude.

"That comes from my culture, [sex appeal]. That's just the way it's always been, and I think that for people, especially in America, they make it like the forbidden fruit, but that only makes kids more curious," Rihanna continued.

"I was a lot more naïve about the way I moved and the way I was being perceived. The more you hear people talk about 'Oh, you're a sex symbol,' it just makes you think, 'Why are you saying that?' And I figured it out."

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