Lady Gaga Goes Sans Makeup for 'Harper's Bazaar'

09/07/2011 at 01:30 PM ET

Lady Gaga Harper's BazaarCourtesy Harper’s Bazaar

She’s generally all about costumes and alter egos, but in the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Lady Gaga proves she’s just as fierce without all the props. “Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside,” she tells the magazine, posing barefaced on the cover. “I think what has been lovely about my relationship with the public is that they expect something unexpected from me.”

And despite managing to consistently shock fans and critics with her getups — she even sported protrusions on her cheekbones last time she graced the cover of the mag — when it comes to her own self-image, she says she’s quite comfortable in her own skin. “I’m very free-spirited,” she says. “Even when I was a kid, I used to run around naked with the babysitter, driving her crazy.”

When the star isn’t running around the world or making a statement on the dance floor, she stays in shape with other activities. “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.”

Lady Gaga Harper's BazaarCourtesy Harper’s Bazaar

–Kim Peiffer

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Sabrena on

Love her! Love her courage, her generosity, determination and her spirit! Keep going strong chica!

April on

This explains so much! Put the makeup back on!

Nikki on

Much better here than with 50 lbs of costume make-up.

Cheryl on

Clearly wearing make-up.

Angelina on

It’s kind of crazy how it’s almost as if she has to wear MORE makeup to make it look like she’s not wearing any…if that makes any sense!

Tracey on

hmmm she’s wearing a lot of make up for “no makeup” LOL but I guess compared to her nutty getups, it’s naked faced!

mike on

I think when they say “no makeup” they mean her face isn’t painted in coustume makeup… like when members of kiss wear no makeup, they all wear makeup for a camera.. if that makes sense at all.

Cynthia on

Wow, she actually looks her age, for once. It should say, “Sans paint.” The dyed, blond eyebrows are still unattractive.

Randi on

OK well clearly she is wearing make-up. But this is Hollywood after all so even those “without make-up” are wearing make up. However, she seems to appear to be wearing less of it for sure.
What I like about this chick is that she is not all that beautiful, per se. Kind of like Madonna at her peak. In the looks department, so-so. But as a performer, knocks socks off.

nisse on

I really don’t understand why she is considered so shocking. Is it due to her music videos? The are very similar to those of Britney Spears. Probably made by the same media corporation. She even has to wear makeup to make her look as if she doesn’t. How fake can it get. Britney is at least more honest.

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