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Brilliant or Boring? Lady Gaga Returns to the Cover of V Magazine for the Umpteenth Time

Magazines have a habit of favoring certain cover subjects and V Magazine certainly cannot resist a Lady Gaga cover. Quite possibly the magazine’s most-featured cover star, Lady Gaga returns to commemorate a decade of collaborating with the New York-based arts, music and fashion publication. Released just as “Shallow” finally reached number one on the charts, V commissioned photographer Jean-Paul Goude to capture the multi-hyphenate for the Spring 2019 Issue #118. Starring on two unique covers, Gaga channels her inner Vegas showgirl wearing a Giorgio Armani Privé gown on the first cover (below) and goes incognito hiding behind a stack of hay for the second cover.

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She’s an Enigma! Celebrating 10 years of @LadyGaga and #VMagazine, our March/April cover story sees @jeanpaulgoudeofficial transform #LadyGaga into a couture doll. Seen here as a showgirl in @Armani Prive, she returns as the ultimate shape-shifter in this long-awaited #JeanPaulGoude collaboration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "We tried to turn Gaga into a living doll, a living icon, like the figurines that people collect and put on their mantelpiece, but life size," explains Jean-Paul Goude. #V118 is on newsstands March 7th. Head to #linkinbio for the full story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photography Jean-Paul Goude Fashion by @aikiualex. Hair by @deki_kazue_hair Make-up by @sweetmayia Necklaces (top and bottom) @ChanelOfficial Joaillerie Headpiece @shaunleanejewellery for @alexandermcqueen courtesy #Swarovski On lips @maybelline color sensations On face @swarovski gem stones Casting @starworksgroup @itboygregk Cover story @mathiasrosenzweig

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For a select few of our forum members, this was yet another example of V Magazine on repeat. “Gaga on the cover of V? Groundbreaking,” stated RMDV the second the covers struck.

“It’s always the same crap: the old Gaga is back but not really. V Magazine and Gaga, we don’t need you anymore! Rihanna is pushing fashion forward in Hollywood and Beyoncé is pushing the mainstream sound, so this is pointless to me,” voiced ghostwriter10549.

“This magazine lives on repeat. Please Stephen [Gan] go away,” pleaded caioherrero.

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“No idea why this gets so much hate! Interesting cover, an unusual take on Gaga and her awards – all well deserved,” defended dontbeadrag.

LastNight agreed: “I love this! V covers have been dull for a while and although it’s nothing new for them to feature Gaga, I think the end result is fantastic. They’re one of few magazines who can get away with more avant-garde cover shots, probably due to their logo and layout.”

“Always a thrill to see what they do with Gaga. For a magazine that is far from their once bold and innovative covers, this seems a nice return to form. Clever and conceptual,” raved timandnorah.

“We’ve been so overwhelmed by sterile, passionless imagery, that the sight of kooky, couture-clad Gaga back on her 2009 shtick is more than welcome. Excited for the whole shoot,” wrote Melancholybaby.

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Our #V118 covergirl is COVERED IN HAY! The March/April issue, on its way to newsstands today, commemorates 10 years of creative collaborations with @ladygaga, whose transformative abilities were captured and facilitated by the legendary @JeanPaulGoudeOfficial for a shoot that’s now a decade in the making. The narrative sees #LadyGaga as a couture doll wrapped in hay, a showgirl, and an intergalactic Marie Antoinette—showcasing her unparalleled ability to shape shift and evolve. Head to the link in bio to read the story and order an issue, or stop by 11 Mercer this weekend to get your hands on a copy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photography/Art by Jean-Paul Goude Fashion by @aikiualex Hair by @deki_kazue_hair Make-up by @sweetmayia (wearing @maybelline) Gaga wears ring (right hand, bottom) @degrisogono, rings (left hand) @degrisogono, bracelets (right arm, top to bottom) @bulgariofficial, @vancleefarpels, bracelets (bottom) @chanelofficial joaillerie, Gemstones (on face) @Swarovski Casting @starworksgroup @itboygregk Cover story @mathiasrosenzweig

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Eager to see more? Check out previews of Gaga’s cover shoot and join the ongoing conversation here.