Ke$ha For Terry Richardson, Mud And Glitter-Free

Photo: Courtesy of Terry Richardson

Ke$ha cleaned up for a shoot with Terry Richardson.
Photo: Courtesy of Terry Richardson

When Ke$ha met Terry Richardson, there must have been an explosion of smut and garbage-loving, of dirty thoughts and sarcasm, and it probably hit such a critical mass that the result was a complete negation of their formerly gritty aesthetics and suddenly both emerged freshly scented and pure. Look at this Ke$ha. She’s like a beautiful angel in a simple black tank, a far cry from the glitter-smeared, sweat and eye-liner stained creation we’ve grown to love. Almost as if she took a bath in essential oils and sanctity and maybe a little bit of bleach, and we bet she smells not of whiskey, but something floral and delicious. And shot by Terry? The man who single-handedly popularized the American Apparel softcore porn aesthetic? Color us pleasantly shocked. We’d say “MAKEUNDER!” if that wasn’t the worst phrase of all time.


Instead of having a crazy side-part or Mohawk, K-E-dolla-sign-S-H-A is every bit the all-American, with soft golden waves and a tanned, nearly makeup-free face and absolutely no jewelry save for a hair accessory. She has a hint of eyeliner, but lacks discernible rouge or foundation, letting her freckles shine through. For her second look, Ke$h dons a silk kimono and dolls up a bit, but is still that 1970s-era of pure femininity that Terry loves to shoot—but in this case, didn’t oversexualize. The hair is center stage, with an extreme side part and natural roots, more sun-kissed than bottle-bleached. Though the two cleaned up their act pretty well for this shoot, it would’ve been fun to listen in on their conversation. Bet it involved an awful lot of swear words.

Photo: Courtesy of Terry Richardson

Photo: Courtesy of Terry Richardson

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