Those expecting another shocking magazine cover for Lady Gaga on October's Harper's Bazaar are going to have to shift their expectations -- not that the Lady herself thinks it's anything less shocking.
"I don't really view it as 'natural,'" she says of the black and white, minimal makeup shoot. "I think that artifice is the new reality. It's more about just being honest and sincere to the core of what you do. Whether I'm wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I'm always the same person inside."
Within the Harper's Bazaar cover story, titled "The Real Lady Gaga," the singer starts to question the very act of posing on magazine covers.
"Don't you think that what's on the cover of a magazine is quite artificial?" she asks. "There's this idea that it's all natural, but everything's been staged to look natural. It is also an invention. It's just that my inventions are different. I often get asked about my artifice, but isn't fashion based on the idea that we can create a fantasy?"
While the Mother Monster, who recently took up surfing, doesn't divulge a detailed fitness routine, she touches on the subject in the piece. "I do yoga, I do Bikram and I run, and I eat really healthy. You know, my work sort of feeds me. I keep in shape by working hard."
The story also dives into what Gaga was like as a kid ("I used to run around naked with the babysitter, driving her crazy"), how she spends her time while not touring ("When I'm alone, I write, I imagine, I create things, and I decide how I want to do my future performances. I don't take much time off"), and a refreshed fascination with plays ("I love John Patrick Shanley. And I've been reading some books that I loved when I was in theater school, like Bertolt Brecht. Those books really changed my life").