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Lady Gaga goes without makeup on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Inez & Vinoodh “I don’t really view it as ‘natural,'” she says of the photo shoot,” says Gaga. Inez & Vinoodh Lady Gaga is as well known for her wild wardrobe, hefty hairdos, and mega amounts of makeup as she is for her music. But in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the Mama Monster goes au naturel — posing sans makeup and with perfectly plain hair.

“I don’t really view it as ‘natural,'” she says of the photo shoot which will be included in a fashion film created in collaboration with photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. “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.”

And where does she get the confidence to run around in those often skimpy, skin-tight outfits in the first place? Well, having a killer body helps, but Lady Gaga tells the magazine she’s also “very free-spirited.” “Even when I was a kid, I used to run around naked with the babysitter, driving her crazy. 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.”

The shoot will become part of a fashion film created in collaboration with the photographers. Inez & Vinoodh “I try to not focus on what people expect from me,” Lady Gaga tells the magazine of her wild style. Inez & Vinoodh

As for whether her dedicated fans would be disappointed if she started dressing like, well, everyone else, Gaga claims it’s simply not an issue. “I try to not focus on what people expect from me,” she insists. “I think what has been lovely about my relationship with the public is that they expect something unexpected from me.”

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