How Lady Gaga Prepared for the MTV VMAs: Nude Stretches, Back Rubs and Dipping Her Butt in Gold Glitter

Imagine Lady Gaga preparing for a performance. Are you picturing near-nude stretching and butt cheeks covered in glitter? Well, ding, ding, ding — congratulations, you guessed right!

Thanks to famed shutterbug Terry Richardson, we now know how Gaga as readied to open the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night with the live debut of her newest single, "Applause."

Some of the prep was perfectly normal: she tried on stage costumes — including too many wigs, her face surrounded by white poster board, and her now-iconic "Applause" makeup — and rehearsed dance steps. But some was far from it: she stretched in nothing but a thong and knee-high boots, and she doused her butt in glittering, gold dust.  

See for yourself in the gallery, above. But, really, is anyone surprised?

 

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