Lady Gaga covers Vogue again: terrible, washed out & painful or ‘art’?

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga covers the September issue of Vogue. Why? I don’t know why except that Anna Wintour might be wearing a meat dress underneath that fur coat — she loves Gaga so much. Gaga previously covered the March 2011 issue of the fashion bible, but now Gaga is evidently good enough for the September issue as well. Can you tell I’m a bit Gaga-weary already? Speaking of Gaga fatigue, we’ve enjoyed a bit of a reprieve over the past handful of months from Her Weirdness, but it’s rather obvious that she’s been gearing up for a return to the spotlight. The nude pool picture, the perfume ad, and the fact that Gaga’s been inexplicably rubbing nips with a cracked-out Lohan — all signs that our very own Pax Romana shall soon be drawing to an end.

Now with Gaga covering Vogue for the most important issue of the year, well, I guess she’s as good as back. And the cover itself looks absolutely dreadful, right? Gaga looks all washed out, and the horrific wig plus unflattering couture gown aren’t helping matters. Here are some interview excerpts:

She’s such a rebel: “I’m a complete free spirit, so, even though you don’t see it, I still find time to have sex at night on the beach when no one’s around. Or roll into a bar and get [bleeped] up, and dance with my top off. It’s just that no one ever sees that, because I have great real friends who never let me do it when I would get caught.”

On her artifice: “I hate the truth so much that I would prefer a giant dose of bull[bleep] any day,” she says. Vogue interviewed Gaga in Japan where she says she finds her most ardent fans. “I think . . . it has to do with the obsession with fantasy. I think I sort of just fit right in over here.”

On her perfume: She said yes to Coty’s request on the condition that the company not only conjure scent notes to her specification but figure out how to create a liquid that appears black in the bottle, but when sprayed, becomes clear. (After all, she points out, “The fragrance is called Fame. It must be black. It must be enticing. You must want to lick and touch and feel it, but the look of it must terrify you.”)

That damn meat dress is back: The reinvention of the meat dress is one of the highlights of the Born This Way Ball). “We were talking about putting the show together, and I said, OK, what if I was someone’s grandma and I was going to a concert tonight. How would I know that it was a Gaga show? And we all just sort of looked at each other and said,’The meat dress.'”

Why she makes music: “I don’t really make records for people to listen to and go, ‘Wow, she’s a genius.’ I’d really like you to order a drink, maybe kiss the person you came with that evening, or rediscover something about your past that makes you feel even more brave.”

[From Vogue]

Well, it’s a good thing that Gaga doesn’t want people to think she’s a “genius” when they listen to her music because I’ve never had that thought by any stretch. Of course, I do think she’s very savvy at manipulating her own image, and she’s got a good team around her as well. All the same, I’d like her to someday drop the artifice and stop feeding us a bunch of crap about “art.” It’s not because she “hate[s] the truth” that she puts on airs — it’s because she craves the attention. The attention, the money, and the fame.

Lady Gaga

Photos courtesy of Vogue

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  1. samanthalous says:

    She kinda looks like RuPaul

  2. Marianne says:

    I actually really like the cover. It’s very high fashion, which is what you expect from September Vogue.

    • Megan says:

      What is “high fashion” about this cover? Explain. In my opinion this cover is very weak and she is photoshopped to death. The only “high” thing about it – vogue and gaga are highly overrated.

      • nofkksgiven says:

        the high fashion elements are in the extreme silhouette of the gown, the craftsmanship in the layers and pieces of fabric to create the texture of the dress, the fantastical hair which would very rarely be worn in real life…i find gaga full of herself and unoriginal…but the cover is high fashion

    • erica says:

      Thank you, I think so too!! I don’t get the idea that the wig is hideous and the dress unflattering…it’s supposed to look a little “out there” and I love it. Different, weirdly beautiful.

    • Tiffany says:

      I absolutely love the cover image. I think the texture of her hair is so interesting, and the shape and color of the dress really pop.

      Texture really is THE thing in fashion right now (I think it is because of hi-def photography advancements). Mixing lace, leather, knits, fur, etc. is everywhere. I think the dress and the hair are references to this.

      • Amanda says:

        First time writer. I read these comments everyday. I love them. But you guys are so critical and naive. From everything to Kristen Stewart to Katie H. To GaGa. I knew GaGa before she became her personna, and she’s just the same (without the entertainment value). Just As crazy and awesome!

  3. Choupette says:

    *blank look*
    Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. And those words aren’t good.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Choupette like “Princess Choupette Lagerfeld”??

      • corny says:

        Mais non, do not insult la choupette with talk of any resemblance to this creature…pooh..there is no comparison although she does remind me of my cryptmaster a wee bit, non?

  4. Memory27 says:

    No offense to RuPaul cuz she’s beautiful but gaga kind of looks like her on this pics. does this make sense???

  5. Beatrix says:

    I like it; very artistically well done.

    • Nadine says:

      If by “artistic” you mean the photoshop artist who has spent an entire week working on this mess than you’re right…come on!! i could swear this these pictures are actually drawings…photoshoped to the max.

      • Ally8 says:

        And what about that stupid red ribbon randomly copied and pasted into the title?

        Vogue US is so effective at not getting me to buy their magazine!

  6. Sombrero says:

    LOVE The cover ! Now,if only we can replace her face with someone else’s it would be perfect.

    • Tapioca says:

      That was my exact thought – someone truly striking like Kristen McMenamy or Carmen Dell’Orefice.

      I also like the way she’s trying to make her perfume not sound like a shameless cash-grab before her 15 minutes are up!

      • Christian says:

        “..figure out how to create a liquid that appears black in the bottle, but when sprayed, becomes clear.” – isn’t that just, like, an opaque black bottle with clear liquid inside?

      • thechar says:

        no. imagine when it is half full. the look of clear bottle bkack liquid will not look like what u are describing.

  7. some bitch says:

    Aaaand Vogue just lost all its credibility.

    Gag’s tour is just terrible. It literally looks like one of the musicals my high school put on in the early 2000s.

  8. Anne says:

    Maybe I’m crazy but I think that dress is really neat. The shape is really interesting.

  9. eric says:

    yes a very ugly asymmetrical face, is that lion’s mane on her head?

  10. RHONYC says:

    i’m on a Gaga/Nicki Minaj-free diet right now.

    i just don’t have attention span/energy…perhaps its the heat. 🙄

  11. Nev says:

    this is RuPaul’s look.

    he will not be pleased.

    Vogue is becoming not fashion…more Teen Beat….so sad.


  12. Not-so-New Christine says:

    Slap a black moustache (and bobbed wig) on her and make her vacuum the carpet: lo and behold the 2nd coming of Freddie Mercury.

  13. Eve says:

    Lady Gaga covers Vogue again: terrible, washed out & painful or ‘art’?

    I read “fart”.

  14. lucy2 says:

    I can see why AW likes her, she probably sees it all as high art, high fashion, etc. For me personally, Gaga’s schtick is getting a little old, mostly because it seems like she tries so hard to put that image out there it comes off as fake. Anyone who constantly is shouting “I’m a free spirit!” is more concerned with that image than actually living, IMO.

  15. Crystal says:

    I think the cover is great. That hair is not a good look though.

    She looks really pretty in the second photo.

    I won’t bother to read the interview because I like her and I want to stay a fan. Like Beyonce, she’s way too full of herself and it’s annoying but I like her music.

    Y’all need to sit down with these Ru Paul comparisons. The corn on his baby toe is more fierce than Gaga will ever be…

    • Hubbahun says:

      ^^This^^ I think she looks so gorgeous in the second photo and okay in the first – the hair is…different.

  16. Samantha says:

    I love the dress, but she looks horrible from the neck up. Couldn’t they have at least used more flattering makeup?

  17. lori says:

    The dress is beautiful. Maybe they decided to showcase the dress by washing her out? I kinda indifferent to lady gaga…..but I did like her a little better when she was Madonna in the late 80s.

  18. I actually think she looks pretty in the nude pic (with the hat) but I’m so, so tired of her. Why couldn’t they put somebody young and interesting (like Jennifer Lawrence) on the cover?

    • Also-ran says:

      You are so right about Jennifer Lawrence as a choice for the cover. Used to be a GaGa fan, but am rather disappointed with her as of late. Though, I cannot help but ask – what do you think of Rachel McAdams? Wouldn’t she be a better choice for the cover than GaGa? Google the January 2010 cover… My kinda girl!

    • Also-ran says:

      You are so right about Jennifer Lawrence as a choice for the cover. Though, I cannot help but ask – what do you think of Rachel McAdams? Wouldn’t she be a better choice for the cover than GaGa? Google the January 2010 cover…wow!

    • Also Ran says:

      You are so right about Jennifer Lawrence as a choice for the cover. Though, I cannot help but ask – what do you think of Rachel McAdams?

      • I adore Rachel McAdams and actually remember the 2010 cover very well. She would have been a much better choice than Gaga but I actually suggested JLaw becuse she hasn’t got a Vogue cover yet and in my opinion she REALLY deserves one.

    • Nev says:


  19. claire says:

    Ugh. She’s such a try-hard. But I actually really love these photos. They look sophisticated, high-fashion. They’re pretty great. Styled by Grace Coddington, so of course they would be awesome. She’s just amazing!

    • tmbg says:

      I just said the same thing! Grace Coddington does great work, no matter who she’s dealing with!

  20. Shoes says:

    I’m wearying of Gaga’s schtick, too, but think the dress is really striking and interesting, which I suppose is what you want from high fashion. The make up and hair aren’t great.

  21. Happy21 says:

    I think Gaga suits Vogue. I am a fan but her schtick is really getting old.

    Also, am I seeing the results of a nose job in these photos? Gaga has always had a prominient shnoz…

  22. Ally says:

    Geez, they made her waist the same width as her face. I hate it when magazines do that.

  23. Ella says:

    Donatella Versace?

  24. ladybert62 says:

    That is quite a blonde afro – very unattractive.

    The dress and the hat – yuk. Too much of everything – just like Gaga!!! ha ha

  25. HillbillyintheCorner says:

    This woman is so full or artsy bullshyt you get from pretend artists it isn’t even funny anymore…Like the gal who came to my art department on a visiting artist stint…she was all “modern” artist…a ‘free Spirit” etc etc…her artistic talent consisted of using a roll of butcher’s wrapping paper roll scribbling in all over with crayons and walking all over it with paint on her feet the wrapping the stuff around things like ladders…and poles…that was her whole talent…but she got payed free room and board , and a salary for a year from the university to do it..for one “show at the end of each term…Mean while I had to keep bailing her ass out of trouble when ever her “free spirits go out of hand “….Not a pleasant year that one…We never did get along after my battery ran down in a snow storm and she offered me a lift home only to try to seduce and proposition me in the car…and me old enough to almost be her mother….was not amused… that who GaGa reminds me off…UGH !….

  26. Nev says:

    honestly, i would’ve rather have seen Kim K on the cover.

  27. sup says:

    you’ve got to admire her dedication and ambition though

    • Christian says:

      Yes, it took a lot of guts and ambition to grow up a rich white girl in NYC. She really pulled herself up by her boot-straps. No wonder she hates the truth.

      “Is it truly about the journey? Because her journey isn’t that difficult: to go from the f—ing Upper East Side to a f—ing performing arts school and onto a stage at the museum of f—ing wherever. That journey’s about four miles.” – MIA speaking the truth

      • Tiffany says:

        So, if a person is rich that means their life is perfect and they never have to struggle or face challenges?

        The fact that she has made it so far in the pop world, which usually is reserved for girls with CoverGirl faces and cheerleader bodies, is quite unique. Money doesn’t buy a successful pop career (see Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, etc.).

        As a female, I think it is quite brave and bold of her to occasionally embrace the scary/ugly look. I like that she shows that women can do more than just look “pretty”. Gaga’s not perfect, but I do think she is brave.

      • Christian says:

        ?????? @ Tiffany

        She’s white, blonde, thin, and nary a day goes by without flashing her nipples or labia. Just because she throws on a half melted mask from the discount Halloween bin at Michael’s and bares her teeth like a 15 year old doing sexyface on Myspace circa 2002 she’s “brave” and “so unlike other women in pop”? Hardly. Call me when RuPaul or Beth Ditto grace the September issue.

        And yes, her lifetime of wealth and privilege does not have me begging to hear more of the 5 minutes she spent in the “underground” before her first record catapulted her to fame. Give me a break.

      • Tiffany says:

        You don’t have to like her, I am not saying that at all so don’t freak out, okay?

        Skimpy costumes are part of her thing, but so is being completely covered up. Like to the British version of the grammys she wore a multilayerd white ensemble that covered every inch of her skin. She does things like that frequently.

        She DOES offer more variety than the usual pop star, who only strives to appear sexy, just sexy, that is it. Your last sentance said it all…her first record catapulted her to fame. The record she wrote. Most other pop stars didn’t start off writing their own music (Britney, Beyonce, Christina, Rhianna, etc.) Just my opinion, you are welcome to your own.

      • Sonya says:

        I got your back Christian. Damn, I don’t like MIA, but she speaks the truth.

    • sup says:

      both of you are making valid points so no argument here. however, what i meant was dedication to her craft. which is songwriting and performing. yes her madonna rip-off was disappointing but it happened because she tried to rush her second album right away. all musicians say you need at least 2 years off to feel inspired and come up with new material. i wish i was that ambitious, but sometimes with creative arts it may not turn out so well.

  28. Reece says:

    Why didn’t they just change the background instead of photo-shopping the life, death & the ghost that came back from the dead out of it.

  29. Amanda G says:

    I think those are awesome pictures! That dress is amazing!

    Supposedly she has a new album coming out next year. I hope it’s better than BTW or I’m gone!

  30. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Can’t disagree hillybillyinthecorner and spot on nev: enough with this imitative adolescent narcissist – how much did her label/corporate sponsors pay bowl cut head AW for this cover; news flash, there still are some beautiful models out there why not Coca Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Sessilee Lopez etc. Vogue is a fashion mag, not a supplement for Variety.
    Agree nev what has AW wrought with vogue, and some bitch I saw clips of Gaggles performance and I swear it looked like a Jr. High school skit complete with cardboard cut-out props. High art no High BS.
    Tapioca good ref to Kristen add Shalom Harlow and AMber Veletta and you have 3 late 90s/early 2000s models that still deserve a vogue cover over this tiresome try hard.

  31. tmbg says:

    I don’t know why she keeps returning. The girl is washed up.

    Nice dress color though. I wonder if Grace Coddington styled this one, because it is a nice spread, despite Gaga being in it.

    • claire says:

      LOL! Yes, we both dialed in on the Grace influences right away! I am so in love with her work. Man, to have her vision and aesthetics…she is one-of-a-kind. 🙂

      • tmbg says:

        Grace is wonderful! Without her, Anna would be nowhere. I wonder sometimes if Grace misses the 90s, when she dealt with real models for her spreads and not second-rate celebrities.

        I know I miss seeing models on the cover. Unless it’s someone who really interests me like Meryl Streep, I’d prefer to just see Vogue go back to the days where celebrities weren’t on every single damn cover!

  32. Seagulls says:

    It’s rather uninteresting to me. I can see that it’s “high fashion,” but even that gets dull sometimes. I’m pleased that a woman of a certain age is in power at Vogue, but I really don’t like Anna Wintour’s vision. The magazine, and fashion, in general, have suffered greatly from her influence. I would far rather Grace Coddington take over.

    And while she’s a bit dull herself, I don’t hate Gaga. But I don’t think she should be covering Vogue (again! And the September issue, to boot!)

  33. johnnybadboytapia says:

    I was more interested in Chelsea Clinton than the caca bull shit!

  34. Anne says:

    Why does Vogue choose to put her (and all other celebrities that have been on Vogue US covers) on the cover instead of a model? Last time I checked, it was supposed to be a fashion magazine, not something like People magazine.
    I just can’t take Anna Wintour and Vogue US seriously anymore, until they prove me otherwise my dollars will be spent on Vogue Italia.
    And the editorial? Well, at least she looks kind of normal. By you know, her standards.

  35. Gia says:

    Wintour gets a boner for Gaga because she’s all about business, then fashion. The industry took a big hit when the economy we for a sh-t so when Gaga came along an started ‘endorsing’ high fashion it was good for business. Wintour knows exactly what sells clothes as that’s what she’s doing. Fashion and vogue don’t exit without each other.

  36. DANDILION says:

    What more can she offer other than rebelling oddball rant.. some niceness and sane appeal would help..

  37. Jas says:

    Gaga really gets some of you people on here upset. It’s really not that serious, and I am not even a fan.

  38. hoganbcmj says:

    I kinda love it … sorry.

  39. GirlyGirl says:

    Meh, she got old pretty fast eh? And Vogue is about as relevant as Anna Wintour’s 60’s boy band hairdo.

    Move along people, nothing to see here.

  40. Oi says:

    So apparently she’s a “free spirit” the same way Katy Perry is. OMG sex on the beach! Drinking too much! Taking her top off!

    irrelevant person on an irrelevant magazine. Neither her nor Wintour would know art if it hit them in their faces.

  41. ellie66 says:

    She is played out and Rupaul did it better.

  42. Bread and Circuses says:

    Don’t like the cover (her skin looks magenta also, on my monitor) but I love the nude crazy-hat shot. She is really pretty.

  43. Dizzybenny says:

    “I’m a complete free spirit, I still find time to have sex at night on the beach when no one’s around. Or roll into a bar and dance with my top off. It’s just that no one ever sees that.

    HEN???oooh she’s so bada** sex on the beach and letting her flipping floppers fly at a bar…God I’m glad I’m not a witness to that!

    “I don’t really make records for people to listen to and go, ‘Wow, she’s a genius.’& ” rediscover something about your past that makes you feel even more brave.”Theres so much wrong in those 2 sentences it’s unreal.
    Your NOT a genius!! your on again off again boyfriend came up with your stage name and wrote part of your songs.You have a team that works to come up with looks.
    something about my past that your music reminds me….yeah Madonna.

    folks if your looking for a better music made by a true artits buy yourself a cd of Regina Spector and discover what good well made jazzfolkssypop should sound like.

    as for the cover,I’m with everyone else here,they should have put Ru-Paul, but I guess CaCa was cheaper!

    p.s. am I the only one that misses the supermodel years?

    • Alexis says:

      I thought the same thing about the supermodel years. Bring back models with presence and uniqueness and beautiful faces! Not these sad, wan, interchangable wallflowers we have now. And certainly not these celebrities who are NOT models.

    • TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

      Your far from alone dizzybenny – cindy crawford doing pepsi, christy turlington doing covergirl, my fav yasmeen ghauri in anything. I’ve heard/read many reasons why the industry got away from the supers, but in so doing fashion threw away the one thing that drew the average person in; and the blake lively’s of the world are NO comparison to an elegant beauty like Yasmeen – Spot on with Gaga – notice how No one even mentions rob fusari yet he from what i’ve read essentially created this pastiche of mediocrity.After regina try Esperanza Spalding.

      • Nev says:

        a frend of mine was in a elevator in Montreal years ago and Yasmeen walked in…boom!!!!

        he said in person she was unreal.

    • Nev says:

      no your not!!!

      naomi, kate, stella, yasmeen, linda, christy, amber, RUPAUL, cindy c, nadege….now that’s a Vogue cover.

      so depressing….

      • TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

        Good story wonder how many of today’s celebs/models/pop stars would evoke the same reaction if they were just randomly encountered minus the minders,publicists, and prepping?

  44. Kate says:

    She really does love bullshit because she totally wants people to think she’s a genius.

    I think the world is kind of getting over her, getting over all this excess. I love how, on last year’s VMA’s, Gaga and Beyonce both went over the top, but who did we all end up listening to? Adele, the lady in a boring black dress who was accompanied by nothing but a piano.

  45. Jennifer12 says:

    She really is Madonna- cheap, stupid crap to get noticed and no discernible talent; just a giant ego and a conviction that’s she’s a “real artist”.

  46. Beatriz says:

    I read somewhere that GaGa wants to use Lindsay in her next video for her new album Artpop. My head exploded when I read that.

  47. ItsJustMe says:

    That’s funny – I think its her best picture – ever! I’ve been kinda Gaga’d out lately… but she actually looks like a model in this picture and I love how that dress looks. Oh-hwell…

  48. Jack Angel says:

    I’m just going to say that anyone who’s actually followed Gaga’s career would know she absolutely hates money and fame. “The Fame” album wasn’t about her fame, but the fame of her fans. She said this herself.

    I’m trying to be civil with this comment though, not everything in this article is an outright lie, I just personally believe the writer is having problems understanding the truth behind Lady Gaga. There’s more than meats the eye… (Meats, get it? I kill myself ;P)

    Keep on, keeping on!

    ~Jack Angel

  49. jes_sayin says:

    Not creative and as usual, boring.

  50. Crashy says:

    Why not put RuPaul on the cover instead of this overrated twat? That would be daring and saying something.

    Why can’t Gaga just do something without having to be “inspired” by someone’s livelihood?

  51. Jilly Bean says:


  52. Agnes says:

    as michael k. remarked, they broke the photoshop machine on these pics. haha

  53. Nick says:

    Who do you people think you are judging the queen of pop, someone fighting for equality, and an idol to millions. NONE of you actually know what Gaga is about. First of all the cover is absolutely perfect…end of discussion, if anyone has anything negative to say about her, they clearly do not know Lady Gaga at all. Secondly, her recent behavior pertains to her new upcoming album that deals with being wild and a rebel, she told her fans this recently. She is the MOST creative thing that the music industry has and will ever have most likely if these other singers continue to have people like Gaga write their songs for them and only worry about money rather then the most important thing to them…THEIR FANS!

  54. Val says:

    I like the Gaga! But the rest of the cover looks so, so cheap. The red ribbon? The khaki text? Vogue US needs to take a look at Vogue UK and Paris and take a few notes on class.
    If the VOGUE sign wasn’t black, but outlined white, and the rest of the text black and light grey, it would be 1000 times better.

  55. Nina W says:

    Sorry to disagree with so many testy people but I kind of think Gaga IS a genius with her bullshit. I like the pic, mainly the dress. I do agree that celebrities on the cover of Vogue is wrong, this ain’t People AW! It must take a lot of creativity to be Gaga and I don’t care if she hires others to be creative for or with her. I like it when people want to break free from the cookie cutter pop tart mold. She is different and interesting, Madonna never was, maybe Gaga’s artistic pretensions are annoying but I still like her.

  56. faye says:

    ah manufactured corporate rebellion.

  57. geekychick says:

    She annoys me to no end. She’s a copy of many, many artists all over the world, but this photos are sensational. I LOVE them. Can’t stop looking at them.

  58. ramona says:

    She looks almost exactly like my toilet brush.

    I can’t stand this pseud. Bring on the next one, I’m sick of her schtick.

  59. mel says:

    she looks good, but i don’t really why she’s getting another cover

  60. Razgriz says:

    I think it’s a very beautiful cover! Way better than those basic covers they usually have ugh. I’m loving the hair it looks so tigerish!

  61. Nico says:

    Really? I thought the cover was amazing. The dress especially is awesome, but I really like the whole look. To each her own I guess…

  62. eljeran says:

    she doesnt make records for people to listen to? well thats a relief.

  63. Sunny says:

    She was one of the few commercial “artists” that didn’t completely bother me – in that she actually has some musical knowledge, can *gasp* play an instrument, sings live and doesn’t constantly b*tch about how horrible it is to be in the public eye while making more money than should ever be legal, but I’m really, really disappointed in this…whatever…with Lindsay Lohan. Maybe I shouldn’t be, and Lady Gaga does like to “party” (some interesting observations were made when she was still Stephanie that might suggest alcohol isn’t the only thing she’s keen on), but this just reflects badly on her in my eyes and I’ve lost some respect.