This year's September issue of Vogue is important not only because it's the September issue, but because it celebrates the magazine's 120 years in the business. And they've chosen the one and only Lady Gaga as their cover girl.
For her second cover, Gaga went ultra-glam; her hair platinum and big paired with an off-the-shoulder, mermaid-cut Marc Jacobs gown in multiple shades of fuchsia, purple and pink.
The cover line promises, "Think you know Lady Gaga? Think again." And, in several quotes teased from the issue, which officially hits newsstands on August 14, Gaga dishes on not only her Born This Way Ball, but also the reasons she makes the music she does.
She also explained why it was so important that her fragrance appear so dark. "The fragrance is called Fame. It must be black," she said, noting that when she met with perfume designers they had to make sure it sprayed on clear. "It must be enticing. You must want to lick and touch and feel it, but the look of it must terrify you."
As for her massive stage show, she explained that she wanted to "break the mold of what modern touring is now" and reinvent some of the images she's best known for, including that meat dress she wore to the 2010 VMAs.
"We were talking about putting the show together, and I said, 'OK, what if I was someone's grandma and I was going to a concert tonight? How would I know that it was a Gaga show?' " she said. "And we all just sort of looked at each other and said, 'The meat dress.' "
If the meat dress wasn't distinction enough, Gaga said what also makes her shows different is the way they make you feel. "I don't really make records for people to listen to and go, 'Wow, she's a genius.' " She added, "I'd really like you to order a drink, maybe kiss the person you came with that evening, or rediscover something about your past that makes you feel even more brave."
She explains in the issue that sometimes she doesn't just feel brave in her music, but also in her real life. And, despite her extremely high profile, she says she likes to "feel a little irresponsible and act like I'm 19." According to the Associated Press she added that there are times when she can "roll into a bar" and dance on a bar, or perhaps even have sex on the beach incognito.
The photos for the issue were shot by fashion photography team Mert & Marcus. In one inside photo teased Gaga wears nothing but a big, feathered hot pink hat by Steven Jones.