The Mama Monster, Lady Gaga, will grace the cover of the Harper’s Bazaar May issue shot by Terry Richardson. The shoot is exactly what you would expect from a collaboration with Gaga and Richardson – pure genius.
The iconic star poses in a way we have seen her in many performances – on top of a piano and with no pants. She wears a nude bra top with fishnet stockings and white oxford peep toe platforms. Strawberry-colored streaks are strewn through her blond hair as she gives a deer in headlights look on all fours on top of the mirrored Baldwin piano.
Another photo features Gaga in a dramatic black gown with sheer elements and black vines holding onto a chandelier, as we saw her a couple years ago in the MTV Video Music Award’s as she died on a chandelier after her Paparazzi performance.
Gaga covered in butterflies is a meaningful photo that depicts her growth from an unknown artist plotting her escape from her cocoon to one of the world’s biggest pop stars in very little time.
Derek Blasberg sat down with Gaga for an in-depth interview on Born This Way, embracing Hollywood and stardom.
On embracing Hollyood, Gaga tells Blasberg, “I had all these number-one records, and I had sold all these albums, and it was sort of this turning point: Am I going to try and embrace Hollywood and assimilate to that culture?” she said. “I put my toe in that water, and it was a Kegel-exercise vaginal reaction where I clenched and had to retract immediately… I ran furiously back to New York, to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars.”
Gaga is currently on her Monster’s Ball tour, which if you have not caught her live, it is a personal experience despite the thousands of fans in the audience. Gaga touches on the issues that are most dear to her – fighting for rights, the gay/lesbian/transgender community, homelessness and her love for her fans.
Does Gaga fear reaching a point of saturation with the media? She tells Blasberg, “You can quote me on this: People love you when they think you won’t be around for very long, and people hate you when they can’t get rid of you. But I’m not going anywhere.”
The full Harper’s Bazaar May issue will hit newsstands April 26.
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