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Early this morning on Instagram, Rihanna finally released the much anticipated shot from famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vogue.

This is the second Vogue U.S. cover for the 24-year-old newly short-haired Bajan badgirl–she was also the cover star in April 2011 where she donned a Little Mermaid look.

Rihanna has also covered Vogue U.K. November 2011 and Vogue Italia in September 2009.

Kneeling in a field of tall grass with a smoldering gaze, Rihanna sports a frilly strapless red lace dress. The interview, which will be on newsstand next week, is expected to explore Rihanna's rockstar lifestyle.

The quote on the front cover is more like the understatement of the century: “I love to have fun."

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