Back in The Fame days, Gaga hid behind diamond-encrusted sunglasses and a blue velvet hooded cape. For its special reissue The Fame Monster, the artist kept half her face covered — this time, the lower half — with the black latex garment she’s wearing in the goth-inspired shot by Hedi Slimane. She maintained the black-and-white filter of 2009’s Born This Way, with her incredibly thick black eyeliner and cherry-red lipstick popping out as her head is attached to a motorcycle. Gaga, the unapologetic star, was done hiding.
Gaga’s art influences consume her iconic ARTPOP album cover (which couldn’t be a more perfect name for the project, based on visuals alone) that spotlights a nude Gaga model in the Jeff Koons-designed shot inspired by Florentine Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. But instead of The Birth of Venus, Gaga gave birth to the world.
But the avant-garde artist ditched her usual antics for a more mature photo alongside Tony Bennett for their collaborative album Cheek to Cheek, where black curls frame her face in the newspaper clipping. And her face shifts once in an elegant profile with her long blond locks cascading on either side for her back-to-basics album Joanne that stripped away anything distracting from just her. (The A Star Is Born soundtrack artwork doesn’t make the cut in our poll because it just repurposes the movie poster of the star with the film’s actor/director Bradley Cooper.)
So which Lady Gaga album artwork do you still go gaga for? Vote below!