An Almost Unrecognizable Kesha Covers ‘Teen Vogue’

Kesha’s ’Teen Vogue’ cover.
Photo: Teen Vogue

If you saw the August 2014 cover of Teen Vogue and didn’t recognize the cover star, don’t worry—you’re not alone. It may take a second to recognize Kesha minus neon face paint and plus bangs, but that’s her, the artist formerly known as Ke$ha. If you couldn’t tell from the cover, she’s trying out a new look—explaining, “The insanity is not gone forever; it’s still there. I’ve only decided to wipe off all the face paint and try to wear beautiful dresses instead of completely insane things.” We were totally down with the “completely insane things,” TBH, but we are also very excited to see what these new, beautiful dresses look like.

Kesha for ’Teen Vogue.’
Photo: Teen Vogue

The photos from the spread are similarly understated—who knew Kesha was so freckly? Her nose ring and gold tooth remain, but she pairs them with an embellished Guess shirt instead of, like, a powder-blue tuxedo.

Kesha for ’Teen Vogue.’
Photo: Teen Vogue

The smoky eyeliner and mussed hair combo toughen up the Marianne Faithfull-inspired shoot and, IMHO, scream ~new~ Kesha. We don’t know her that well (yet!) but, if this spread is any indication, we’re very excited for what’s to come.

You can peep more photos from the shoot and the interview on Teen Vogue’s website, or pick up the issue IRL when it hits newsstands on July 15.

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