Rihanna shows a lot of sexiness for this photo spread shot by Steven Meisel that is featured in the September 2009 issue of Italian Vogue.
NYMag has the following to say about the said photos:
Rihanna does indeed have an editorial in the September issue of Italian Vogue shot by Steven Klein, as rumored — but in the couture supplement the magazine puts out every year, not the magazine itself. Even so — holy cr-ap, she looks amazing in that Valentino dress, which is not a leotard and therefore gives us hope that bottoms are on the verge of a comeback to put Whitney Houston’s to shame. (Especially after Madonna’s recent foray into Balmain.) The splashy water at her feet reminds us of the part in Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” video in which the Xtina of yore, um, cleans herself in a shower with her friends. And the bucket reminds us of the couture spread in April’s French Vogue, where model Ymre Stiekema dumps out a pail of water in a barn. But the water motif works for Rihanna again here. We can imagine the set: “Pretend like you’re flattening Lady Gaga’s hair bow! Work that bucket!”