Lady Gaga's first of four "V" Magazine covers.
Photo: V Magazine
There’s no denying that Lady Gaga has returned to the limelight in a HUGE way lately. Releasing a new single, hitting the streets in full face paint, prepping for her upcoming VMA performance…and that only covers the past 48 hours! Never one for keeping fans off their toes, Mother Monster has shared her new V Magazine cover—and it does NOT disappoint. The pic was shot by Inez and Vinoodh (yep, the same duo responsible for her "Applause" artwork) and is the first of four covers the magazine is releasing as part of a limited edition box set. Each installment will depict a different phase of Gaga's life, this first one (above) illustrating her late teenage years when she was still a brunette named Stefani Germanotta.
For any other artist, this magazine cover would be totally shocking. But it is actually downright modest for Lady Gaga, especially compared to the 100% nude photo we've already seen from the series. While we still spy a lot of flesh here, Gaga is decently covered up with a red, sparkly, custom Saint Laurent jacket and a pair of jeans (unbuttoned, obvi). V Magazine also released a couple of non-cover shots, which feature two VERY creative ways to wear a white Calvin Klein tank top and a few choice smears of body paint. The totally exposed nature of all three photos has us equally nervous and excited to see the rest of the covers in the set. We already know she'll be wearing a different custom-made piece in each shot—from Balenciaga, Versace, and Armani, to be specific—so they are at LEAST guaranteed to be just as fierce as this first cover.
Tell us—what do you think of Lady Gaga’s barely-there style? Do you think her other covers will be just as daring? Let us know in the comments below!