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For the cover of Esquire's December issue we photographed the world's biggest pop star Rihanna in New York.

The amazing shots – taken by legendary photographer Ellen Von Unwerth – are below in full, along with a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot.

Oh – and as our December issue is a food and drink special, we also asked Rihanna to share her personal favourite recipes, including how to make a mean rum punch and how to rustle up a shepherd's pie, Barbados-style.

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