Rihanna, the 23-year-old Barbadian singer discovered by Jay-Z, has been named this year's sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine.
Celebrating her glistening bod, fearless sense of style (which often consists of very little clothing) and boss-like attitude, the mag says she's transcended even Madonna in her pursuit of "carnal pop."
"At the end of a concert, I don't feel like I've been this sexy thing. Really, I don't even think about it," she says.
Clearly, someone does. In the nearly three years since her Grammys weekend assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna has rewritten her narrative: from a victim out of an R&B standard to a multi-genre sexpot who (speaking of Madonna) has made unpredictability her one constant.
And nothing is more unpredictable then coming out in at least pseudo-support of Brown -- she says she's let go of past resentment.
"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?" she told the mag.
Yeah, we know.
"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," she said.
Check out a video of Rihanna's Esquire cover shoot below, and give us your thoughts on her sexy, resentment-free self in comments.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photos, from top: Rihanna dips and dives in a jeweled bikini for the London stop of her "Loud" tour on Oct. 5 (Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press); Rihanna is soaked and sticky as cover girl and sexiest woman alive (Esquire).