On Monday morning, Vogue announced its October cover star: Lady Gaga, who is currently making the media rounds to promote her forthcoming film, "A Star Is Born," which premieres on Oct. 5. This marks her third American Vogue cover, with her first in August of 2011 and her second in September of 2012, which at the time was the largest issue in the magazine's history.
In the cover shot, photographed by Inez and Vinoodh, a stripped-down, platinum-haired Gaga wears a black Brandon Maxwell dress and Ana Khouri earrings — and not much else. Set against a stark wood background, the image shows a more vulnerable side of Gaga, unadorned without much in the way of accessories or even noticeable makeup (though her dark brows are striking).
An in-book spread, styled by Tonne Goodman, reveals a similarly pared-down version of the singer and actress who was once known for her over-the-top fashions; for the shoot, she lounges in a tub, on a picnic blanket and in a backstage setting, naked, save for a Eugenia Kim hat. This old Hollywood sort of glamour mimics the red carpet vibe she's been going for on her recent press tour, wearing the likes of Valentino Couture, Alaïa, Armani Privé and Ralph & Russo Couture — she even debuted the first of Hedi Slimane's upcoming handbag designs for Celine — and we must say she's been looking like a damn movie star.
In the accompanying interview by Jonathan Van Meter, Gaga discusses her career over the past decade, opens up about the chronic pain she experiences from fibromyalgia and, of course, working with Bradley Cooper for the forthcoming film.
To see more from the shoot and read the full interview, head to Vogue.com.