Rihanna Swims With Sharks at The Florida Aquarium

Posted at 4:28 AM, Feb 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-10 09:01:56-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Rihanna is facing her childhood fear of sharks.

The pop star dove into a tank with three 8-foot-long tiger sharks at The Florida Aquarium during a photo shoot for March's cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Aquarium spokeswoman Katherine Claytor said Rihanna and photographer Norma Jean Roy actually went free diving with the sharks during the December shoot.

The fashion icon said she was a fan of Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" movies, but they scared her so much she stayed out of the water each time a new movie was released. She said her father used to tease her by humming the movie's theme song.

The magazine cover is a tribute to the original movie poster and shows Rihanna in a Chanel swimsuit draped across the shark's jaws.