You’ve seen Lady Gaga in a meat dress, in an egg vessel. You’ve seen her stripped down, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. You’ve seen her sing jazz and pop and cover John Lennon. But you’ve never seen her quite like this before.
In what is being billed as Gaga’s first completely unretouched shoot, Gaga covers Carine Roitfeld‘s CR Fashion book. The photographs, taken by Bruce Weber, have allegedly not been photoshopped or edited in any significant way, giving fans a rare glimpse at the human behind the pop star. Have a gander at the photos from the shoot:
Asked why Gaga was the perfect cover star for CR Fashion Book 7, the theme of which is “classic/eccentric,” Roitfeld answers:
Lady Gaga perfectly represents what I mean by the classic eccentric to me. She is completely Gaga, but she is also a lady. In her music and art, she is so creative, always pushing the envelope . . . And yet she is classically trained, as well. As we saw with the jazz music, she can be both the modern pop star and still play the classic songs, giving them a modern twist. That is always what I love.
Roitfeld goes on to say that the photos, which depict Gaga as two brides (one classic in white, the other “eccentric”) are unretouched because she “wanted to show [Gaga] completely natural, all herself.”
Style.com secured the exclusive photos, and they mention a lengthy interview which is forthcoming. Here is a preview:
In a lengthy interview, Gaga discusses her transition from pop star to artist, noting, “I always used to say to people when they would say, ‘Oh, she’s the next Madonna’: ‘No, I’m the next Iron Maiden.’ ” She also elaborates on her latest—and probably most unexpected—career move: The decision to record jazz classics with Tony Bennett. “Some people think about music and they think pop, rock, rap, and hip-hop, and they just list them off like categories, but music deserves the same freedom that a fine artist would have with paint—no rules, a blank canvas. That’s jazz. It was totally what I needed at a moment in my career when I felt like a caged animal. And I knew I could do so much more outside of that cage than inside,” she says.
In other Gaga news, today, August 19, marks not only the seven-year (!!!) anniversary of the release of her debut album, The Fame, but also the two-year anniversary of the release of her memorable “Applause” video. Relive the frenetic glory of “Applause” below, and don’t forget to #BuyTheFameOniTunes.
CR Fashion Book 7 is set to hit news stands September 3. You can pre-order your copy here.