By SARAH FITZMAURICE and EMILY SHERIDAN



Making a statement: Rihanna shows off figure in a multi-coloured cut-out swimsuit as she relaxes onboard the Italian luxury yacht Latitude off the coast of the French Riviera



She named her last album Loud after her flamboyant personality and dress sense.



So even when Rihanna is off-duty on a holiday with friends, she can be relied on wear the most eye-catching swimwear available.



As she set sail off the coast of the French Riviera in a £200,000-a-week luxury yacht, the 23-year-old singer showed off her famous figure in a multi-coloured swimsuit with large cut-out panels.





This is the life: Rihanna checks out the view from one of the yacht's five decks





With her newly-brunette hair down and wild, the singer looked in high spirits as she laughed and joked on board the rented, 34ft Latitude Benetti yacht.



When she began to feel a little cool in the shade, she chucked on a black Bob Marley T-shirt.



Having sent a speedboat out to collect friends from nearby St Tropez, Rihanna looked thrilled when she saw her pals approaching the boat and was spotted waving wildly at them.





Deck life: Rihanna shares a joke with her friends in the alfresco lounge







Yo! Rihanna waves to some friends as they approach her yacht





Following two energetic performances at the V Festival in England over the weekend, no doubt the Barbadian star was looking forward to some rest and relaxation.



Having arrived in France last night, Rihanna has chartered the exclusive vessel, which includes accommodation for up to 12 people, two dressing rooms, massage and beauty salons, five decks for sunbathing and dining.



Earlier today, she was seen climbing into a speedboat to take her Latitude from the Saint Laurent Du Var port near Nice.





Luxury: Rihanna has chartered the Italian Benetti yacht Latitude, which includes six cabins and an in-house beauty salon, for £200,000-a-week





Ahead of her swimsuit show, she opted for a loose-fitting tribal print maxi skirt with a small strip bandeau top.



The singer dressed up her outfit with a statement tasselled necklace, a gold cuff and oversized rings, and carried a pair of high Louboutin heels in her hand as she climbed into the taxi boat.



Other stars currently holidaying on yachts in the area include Sir Elton John and Lord Sugar.



While Rihanna is all set for a trip of blazing sun, beautiful sea water and opulence in abundance she probably feels she deserves it after her hard work on stage at V Festival.





Holiday time: The 23-year-old singer arrived at Saint Lauren Du Var port waiting for a tender to start a holiday in the South of France





Helping hands: There were plenty of men available to help the Barbadian beauty into the tender to head out to her yacht





Snap happy: Once safely in the small boat Rihanna and her two female friends couldn't wait to document the moment with the help of a male member of staff





Sharing the love: The singer pouted at photographers as the boat was getting ready to leave for the yacht in the port in Nice



source: dailymail

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