Rihanna is Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive 2011 [Video]

Rihanna, the 23-year-old Barbadian singer discovered by Jay-Z, has been named this year’s sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine.

It’s official: Rihanna is the Sexiest Woman Alive. At least according to that bastion of men’s opinion, Esquire magazine.  Check out the video of Rihanna’s Esquire cover shoot above, and give us your thoughts on her sexy, resentment-free self in comments.

The S&M singer appears in the mag dressed only in seaweed and surprisingly spends a chunk of the included interview complimenting Chris Brown, the man who beat her two years ago and is still enduring public scorn, even while his career seems to be soaring.

“It’s incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did,” Rihanna said. “Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know? I really like the music he’s putting out. I’m a fan of his stuff. I’ve always been a fan.”

Photo: Russell James/Esquire

“Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons,” she continued. “But I’ve put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time.”

“It was too much anger. I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have.”

Over the summer Rihanna asked a judge to relax a restraining order against Chris Brown, allowing the two to be in the same place at the same time and have contact – although Brown is still barred from any harassing behavior. Since then, the two have begun communicating frequently on Twitter.

Esquire’s Ross McCammon writes about Rihanna at the Izod Center, New jersey, July 2011:”Twenty-three years after being born poor in Barbados, eight years after being discovered there by a producer on vacation, six years after being signed by Jay-Z…”

“… Two years after being savagely beaten by her former boyfriend, the asshole Chris Brown, nine months after releasing an album that has yielded three number-one singles, she emerges from the dressing room in full regalia and walks out into the big void under the stands of the Izod Center.”

Photo: Russell James/Esquire

He continues: “She’s wearing the bikini. From here, about six feet away, you can see that it’s encrusted with dozens of small stones of various colors. It must weigh twenty pounds. It’s not as shiny up close. It’s chunky. It looks like a pain to wear. Like it might chafe. She smells like coconut and vanilla. In her pink, orange, and yellow platform heels, she stands six two, easy. “

“She is lacquered. She glistens. She looks wet, actually. As if she’s just been dipped into the baptismal font. She wipes herself off with a paper towel. Her bodyguard watches this. And her personal assistant, Jen. And her best friend, Melissa. And her other best friend, her cousin Noella. Her manager and Jay-Z’s right-hand man, Jay Brown, who has the best smile in the history of music.”

“Her choreographer, Tanisha. Her image consultant, Ciara. Her two back-up singers. Guitar legend Nuno Bettencourt (the Nuno Bettencourt). The random assortment of people with all-access passes. Assemblages of bored men in color-coded T-shirts that say STAFF or VENDING or SECURITY. Everybody kind of looks as she wipes and preens and buffs herself to a perfect low gloss in a glorious ablution.”

Read the complete interview — and see all the sexy pictures – in the November issue of Esquire. [via Esquire]

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