The West Australian - - NEWS - NATALIE RICHARDS

Pos­ing provoca­tively in a leop­ard body­suit and star­ing into the lens through a white leather mask, it seems hyp­o­crit­i­cal for Ri­hanna to re­fer to her­self as “shy”. Yet the Bar­ba­dian su­per­star in­sists that de­spite her rep­u­ta­tion for over-the-top out­fits and sexy photo shoots, she still strug­gles with con­fi­dence. In a re­veal­ing ar­ti­cle in In­ter­view magazine, the 31-year-old re­veals her lit­tle-known per­son­al­ity trait. The Di­a­monds singer posed in a white gimp mask for the Amer­i­can pub­li­ca­tion and leant into a sofa wear­ing only a skin-tight body­suit, a fur scarf and stilet­tos as part of a racy photo shoot. When asked what the big­gest mis­con­cep­tion about her was, Ri­hanna re­vealed she is less ex­tro­verted than she seems. “Peo­ple don’t know that I’m shy,” she said. “Be­cause I kind of pre­tend it’s not hap­pen­ing, peo­ple read me as be­ing con­fi­dent. “But I’m so shy I don’t even want you to know I’m shy.” Ri­hanna, who has won nine Grammy Awards in a 14-year mu­sic ca­reer, has be­come al­most as fa­mous for her fra­grance, lin­gerie and beauty lines as her act­ing and singing. “I don’t have a sleep pat­tern,” she said. “I have sleep pock­ets. I fit it in when I can.”

Pic­tures: Pier­reAnge Car­lotti

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