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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Sarah on

I see a lot of make up on her face. We are not blind.
The pictures are nice but she’s obviously wearing make up and that’s clear even in the black and white pictures.

Justin on

The magazine article actually says that she is “basically barefaced.” They never claimed she was make-up free.

Marilyn Slentz on

I wouldn’t give the time of day to comment on a “celebrity” but she is really beautiful!!

Chinee on

Why try to deceive the public? You know she is wearing makeup — lips, eyes, entire face all made up

Jessica on

she is not wearing makeup people. god i think the magazine would know better than you if she was wearing make-up….i think she looks great

Kris on

She looks great!

gb on

This is not going without makeup. It’s just the monotone look with shimmer – produced by using makeup. Guess they didn’t know what else to title it…could have just said “Lady Gaga in Harper Bazaar”…and I still would’ve clicked to see the photos/read the story.

Pamela on

Wow, she’s prettier without make-up. I’m really impressed!

Lucy on

My best friend has just announced her wedding with a great man who is a cele+brity!
They met-via { millionaireluv*c o m }
It is nice club for rich men or pretty girls mate.
You do not need to be wealthy or famous, but you can meet your true love, it’s worthy a try.

Gaine on

She’s so beautiful even without her usual makeup and fashions!

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