Lady Gaga for Harper’s Bazaar May 2011

When I first saw the cover for the May issue of US Harper’s Bazaar featuring Gaga shot by Terry Richardson, I was very underwhelmed, firstly because she is so overexposed and secondly because it was just ok. I was a bit surprised that Harpers had jumped on the Gaga bandwagon too. The cheek and shoulder prosthetics don’t really do it for me but I love, love the Versace dress. The image without all of the copy is a lot better. Thankfully, the editorial is a bit more promising. I love the McQueen mask and dress image and also the black Tex Saverio gown and the black Mugler outfit. To me, the piano and boob shots are gimmicky, shock images and I think Harpers shouldn’t have gone down such a predictable path. If fashion magazines are going to continue using Gaga, I’d like something more subtle, to see her stripped back. 

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. ..R May A..
    April 17, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    I have to admit I'm not a fan of the horns.. I know they're meant to be artistic but I jsut don't like them :pgorgeous photos though, loving the last one – so quirky!! x

  2. WendyB
    April 18, 2011 / 1:21 am

    Love the pic with the piano.

  3. FashionLifeCoach
    April 18, 2011 / 11:42 am

    I admit, I am not a big fan of Lady G….most of the times, the images are untasty. later, FashionLifeCoach

  4. tor (fabfrocks)
    April 18, 2011 / 12:21 pm

    That bottom picture is amazing – I heart gaga!

  5. Haute World
    April 19, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    I think at this point Gaga will provide more shock value and get more attention if she actually tones it down. I agree with you – I prefer the simpler less contrived shots. PS: yes, I'm actually based in London now. Attended a few LFW shows and press days as well. Maybe we'll bump into each other one day?

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