Bad gal Ri recently stripped down for the cover of French men’s glossy Lui Magazine, and folks have a lot to say about it.

Although the pop diva is uber comfortable showing off her body, many wonder if the superstar is sending the wrong message to her teenaged fans.

If you wade through the Twitter reactions to Rihanna’s Lui cover you’ll find everything from admiration from her fans to folks calling her “Queen of the THOTS (that hoe over there).”  Others, no doubt Beyoncé stans, wondered why Rihanna gets a pass to pose naked, while Bey would be raked over the coals if she even considered it.

Here’s a sampling of the tweets:

Though I don’t have a problem with RihRih embracing her body and posing nude while serving up a little Josephine Baker sexiness, one thing’s clear: Rihanna’s antics keep people talking and the industry—both music and fashion—eat it up.

Take a look at some of the NSFW snaps:

What do you think of Rihanna’s Lui editorial?

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  • Zoe

    The reason for the over-sexualization of children here is the US, IMO,is due to all the taboos we have here. Being nude should not immediately equate to sex, but we teach children here that it does. From personal experiences of growing up in the Caribbean and Europe, nudity is accepted as natural expression. Not to say that we don’t have modest behavior, but i remember “going to the river” and swimming naked with my friends because we didn’t want to get our school uniform wet. Seeing our parent naked on the few occasions,even if it piqued curiosity and the differences, didnt turn us into sexualized kids. Parents pay a key role in how their children view the world.Maybe we start there and stop blaming celebrities.

    • eve-audrey

      Just as breast feeding seems to bring controversy in the US but not as much in europe. Women are expected to cover up when they breast feed in public of course, but breast feeding in public is not such a big deal.

    • Zoe

      @eve_audrey:disqus I dont know what it is here in the US. Its like we want to portray ourselves as so evolved that we go overboard on certain things. Where I am from, breastfeeding in public is such a natural, common occurrence that it goes by pretty much unnoticed most times. But here in this country, it has a lascivious connotation attached to it and sends every one up in arms. Maybe we need to get our heads out of the gutter.IJS

  • Brittany

    She looks great. *does crunches*

  • De_Ann

    Honestly, these photos are more tasteful than I expected. They aren’t that bad at all.

  • Fifi Gongon

    Breasts are just breasts when you are in your bathroom or whatever intimate place. It’s not like Rihanna was naked on the cover of a health magazine. “Lui” (Him) is aimed at men. It has everything to see with sexuality, so the hypocrisy stops here. Moreover, the fact that it is a french magazine does nothing for her but amplify the exotic-women-as-sexual-objects fantasy. Naked women there are seen as natural as long as they are white. Does she even talk about music in that article or it is not the point ?