Lady Gaga graces the cover of Harpers Bazaar’s October 2011 issue, photographed in black and white and modeling a makeup-free face. Inside, she discusses peeking into the Versace archive, going bare for the cover, and her body image.
On peeking into the Versace archive in Milan: “It was me and my friends,” Gaga remembers of this particular fashion moment. “We were all running around this warehouse laughing and putting on jackets and shoes. We started crying at one point. I’ve been dreaming of seeing those outfits my whole life.”
On her body image: “I’m very free-spirited,” she says, like a Swede in a spa. “Even when I was a kid, I used to run around naked with the babysitter, driving her crazy.” She attributes her body confidence to dancing, and “I do yoga, I do Bikram and I run, and I eat really healthy. You know, my work sort of feeds me. I keep in shape by working hard.”
On going bare for the cover: “I don’t really view it as ‘natural,'” she explains. “I think that artifice is the new reality. It’s more about just being honest and sincere to the core of what you do. Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.”
Also in the October 2011 issue: a couture report, a guide to beauty at every age, and a breast cancer awareness special. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on September 27 or head to HarpersBazaar.com.