26 October 2013 by

Rihanna Transforms Into Medusa For GQ 25 Anniversary Issue Directed By Damien Hirst

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For their 25 anniversary issue, GQ have joined together two cultural icons as Damien Hirst art directed Rihanna for the cover. Cool, huh? Sadly we won't get to see Rihanna covered in colourful spots as we predicted, as the legendary artist has transformed Rihanna into the Greek killer Medusa.

On the cover Rihannna wears nothing but reptiles as she is topless, with a boa wrapped around her neck and a serpents nest for hair. It's pretty much our idea of hell. As if having live snakes for hair wasn't bad enough, Rihanna also does a Miley, licking the boa.

In Greek mythology looking directly at Medusa would turn you to stone, so naturally Rihanna sports some creepy snake-eye contact lenses to hammer home the 'I can kill you with my eyes' thing. These, and the fake fangs, have gone to the top of our Halloween wishlist.

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Rihanna took to her Instagram (natch) to share the news as she posted the editorial with the captions 'Medusa head on me like I'm 'luminati!!!!' She also wrote: 'I love playing with dominant animals! These 2 were double the trouble, but they're superstars!!' Oh Rih, we do love you for creating the hashtags #SnakeLife and #Snakez.

Rihanna has been busy tapping away on her Instagram in the past week, as her Insta photographer has staged a number of eyebrow raising photoshoots. First up she posed at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi in that controversial Instagram shoot and then she showed off a lot of skin in Greece, suggestively posing over railings.

The 25th Anniversary issue of British GQ goes on sale on 31st October, but until then see Rihanna's style evolution in the gallery below...

Rihanna at a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers on May 15, 2014

Melissa Forde and Rihanna attend an NBA playoff game between Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers on May 9, 2014

Rihanna attends the Christian Dior Cruise 2015 Show on May 7, 2014 in New York City.

Rihanna attends the 2014 'Met Ball' on May 5th.

Rihanna is seen at the after-party for The Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 5, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna in the audience at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1, 2014 in LA.

Rihanna attends Roc Nation Sports 1 Year Anniversary Luncheon at TAO Downtown on April 28, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna at the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets playoff game on April 25, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards LA Live on April 13, 2014.

Rihanna at Oklahoma City Thunder vs the Los Angeles Clippers on April 9, 2014 in LA.

Rihanna attends the Miu Miu show on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France wearing a Prada coat

Rihanna attends the Chanel show on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France dressed in Chanel

Rihanna attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on March 3, 2014 in Paris, France

Rihanna attends the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Rihanna poses in the press room at the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California

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Rihanna in Alexander Wang out and about in London - 11 September 2013

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Rihanna at Opening Ceremony at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

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Rihanna at Alexander Wang after party at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

Rihanna in Balmain at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards after party - 25 August 2013

Rihanna at 'Lyon' restaurant, West Village, New York - 12 August 2013

Rihanna out and about in London - 20 July 2013

Rihanna in London - 18 July 2013

Rihanna in Rag & Bone out and about in Manchester - 16 July 2013

Rihanna in visor by Fleet Ilya out and about in London - 15 July 2013

Rihanna in Gareth Pugh out and about in London - 14 July 2013

Rihanna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci menswear and Versace shoes in Monaco - 13 July 2013

Rihanna in KTZ in Denmark - 6 July 2013

Rihanna in Tom Ford AW13 boots arriving in Poland - 6 July 2013

Rihanna at Chanel show, Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013, Paris Fashion Week - 2 July 2013

Rihanna out and about, London, Britain - 20 June 2013

Rihanna in Stella McCartney top and clutch at Rorrey Fenty after show party at Boujis nightclub, London - 16 June 2013

Rihanna in Christopher Kane out and about, London - 16 June 2013

Rihanna in Big Star USA dungarees at the All Star Bowling Alley, Manchester - 12 June 2013

Rihanna in Miu Miu out and about, Manchester - 11 June 2013

Rihanna out and about by the Eiffel Tour in Paris - 7 June 2013

Rihanna Filming In New York - 16 May 2013

Rihanna out and about, New York - 9 May 2013

Rihanna in Rihanna by River Island in New York - 12 May 2013

Rihanna out and about in New York - 5 May 3013

Rihanna in Mary Katrantzou and Tom Ford sandals - 30 April 2013

Rihanna in Miu Miu coat and Current Elliot jeans - 28 April 2013

Rihanna in Acne jacket, Rodarte coat, Celine shoes and Miu Miu sunglasses in New York- 26 April 2013

Rihanna in custom Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci and Paige Denim jeans in Miami - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in Rag and Bone and Chanel jewellery at the Staples Center in Los Angeles - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci t shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, Saint Laurent Paris by Heidi Slimane shoes - 24 April 2013

Rihanna in T by Alexander Wang and shoes by Tom Ford - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in dress by Whitney Eve and Prada sunglasses - 11 April 2013

Rihanna at Los Angeles Lakes Basketball game - April 2013

Rihanna arriving in London - February 2013

Rihanna in custom Azzedine Alaia at the Grammy Awards - February 2013

Rihanna at River Island show at London Fashion Week - February 2013

Rihanna - November 2012

Rihanna - June 2012

Rihanna in London - February 2012

Rihanna at Grammys - February 2012

Rihanna launches her new album 'Unapologetic' in New York City, November 2012

Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 2012

Rihanna at Grammys - February 2011

Rihanna in Acne at Westfield, November 2012

Rihanna during her 777 tour, November 2012

Rihanna performs during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Show, November 2012

Rihanna at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Battleship', May 2012

Rihanna in Tom Ford at the Costume Institute Gala, May 2012

Rihanna at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City, April 2012

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Rihanna in New York City, June 2012

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