Tim Nudd
March 16, 2011 01:00 PM

It’s taken a little while, but Rihanna says she finally feels sexy in her body – after getting in the best shape of her life for an upcoming action movie.

“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. I just feel sexy,” the singer, 23, tells Vogue in its April issue.

Working out for a role in this summer’s blockbuster Battleship certainly helped. “For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up,” Rihanna says. “My body is comfortable, and it’s not unhealthy, so I’m going to rock with it.”

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The pop star’s personal trainer describes Rihanna’s figure as “Nicole Kidman meets J.Lo,” and devised a unique workout routine for her that included strapping weights to her hands so she could multitask.

“I hate going to the gym and doing it the old-fashioned way,” Rihanna explains. “I hate anything that’s too straightforward, too routine, too familiar. I get bored really, really quickly.”

The pop star also talks about her often audacious fashion choices. “When I was 14 and first started going out, I always wanted to be the opposite of everyone else,” she says.

Nowadays, it’s all about taking risks. “When I am putting looks together, I dare myself to make something work,” she says. “I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that’s a little off, but I have to figure it out. I have to make it me. I think that’s the thrill in fashion.”

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