In a week of shocking magazine cover model transformations — Blake Lively as jailbait for Interview, Sienna Miller as a sexpot for Love, and Britney Spears as a bride for Pop — the BIG ONE just dropped: Lady Gaga posed as a man/alter-ego named Jo Calderone for Vogue Hommes Japan’s September issue, an event that was highly anticipated since photos from the shoot leaked in late June. Photographer Nick Knight shot the covers, and it was styled by her stylist Nicola Formichetti, who posted the cover shots on his blog this morning (the full issue comes out September 10).
Inside, writer Jo-Anne Furniss interviewed “Jo,” who explained “his” relationship to Lady Gaga as follows: “I met her at a shoot Nick Knight was doing. She’s f—— beautiful, and funny, and interesting. I was a little nervous for Nick to start shooting. She said, “Don’t be baby, you were “born this way.” I took her out after. The rest is private ;)” Honestly, this cover is one of our favorites of all the new September issues. Just when you think Lady Gaga can’t out-do her own Gaga-ness, she goes ahead and pushes another boundary, plays with genders and conventions and memes, and continues to prove that it’s OK to be different, think different, and do things different. And that’s something we need to remind ourselves more often than we do, don’t you think?
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