Rihanna posed topless in a provocative photo shoot for the Italian Vogue magazine.

The singer appears on the cover of the magazine's issue Extreme Couture starring Rihanna shot by Steven Klein. It includes about 15 black and white racy photos of the Barbados singer showing her sexy and elegant figure.

Critics are already commenting about the singer's adventurous move in the midst of a controversial violent case involving her and former boyfriend Chris Brown.

The first interview of Brown since the altercation aired yesterday on CNN's Larry King. Brown admits is ashamed for beating Rihanna and confessed he still loves her.

Click here to see Rihanna's photos.