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  • Singer Rihanna sizzles on the April 2011 cover of Vogue‘s 10th anniversary “Shape” issue, where Barbados-born beauty reveals she has learned to embrace her luscious curves.

    “Over the holidays, and even during filming, I realized that I actually like my body, even if it’s not perfect according to the book,” says Rihanna. “I just feel sexy.”

    The 5’8″ Rihanna, who has said she fluctuates between a size 2 and 4, works hard to maintain her svelte physique.

    In addition to doing lots of cardio, the 133-pound brunette beauty lifts weights and tries to follow a low-carb diet.

    “For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves,” says Rihanna.

    Check out RiRi’s photos; click to enlarge.

    “I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it’s not unhealthy, so I’m going to rock with it.”

    Back in January, Rihanna tweeted: “Just wrapped my first American Vogue cover shoot with Annie Leibovitz…Rah! #SEXY” before promptly deleting what she wrote.

    Incidentally, her cover dress is from Chanel’s pre-fall 2011 collection.

    Samantha Chang is the executive editor of TheImproper and a celebrity writer at Examiner.