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Rihanna Channels Medusa With Topless, Snake-Filled British GQ Cover

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Hope you don't have ophidiophobia — the fear of snakes — because Rihanna's latest magazine cover is revoltingly reptilian.

The 25-year-old Barbadian is the covergirl for British GQ's December 2013 release, which happens to be the magazine's 25th Anniversary issue.

In the portrait, Rihanna wears a crown of snakes, which we're pretty sure are fake. She also has a giant snake wrapped around her neck and arms, which we're pretty sure is real. She sports pointy black fingernails — real — and snakelike pupils — fake.

Oh, and she's topless — which seems to be her default state nowadays — showing off that massive underboob tattoo of hers.

The headline touted on the cover is short, sweet, and to the point: "Rihanna!" (It's almost as if the editors are responding to her song "What's My Name?" Good job, GQ — you did it! You get an A+!)

Rihanna shared the cover image on Instagram, writing, "Medusa head on me like I'm 'luminati," — which is one of Drake's lyrics in the Migos song "Versace."

In case you're in need of a refresher course in Greek mythology, Medusa is a Gorgon monster with venomous snakes in lieu of hair. Those who had the misfortunate to look directly at her turned to stone.

Good thing the same rule doesn't reply to RiRi!

10.25.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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