Lady Gaga and her fiance Taylor Kinney are leaving almost nothing to the imagination in posing for a provocative magazine cover.
On the cover of V Magazine's Pre-Spring Issue, the couple appears naked, sitting close and conveniently enough to cover up each other's sensitive areas.
In the shot, the duo appears to be covered in smears of colorful paint as they sit in bed, crumpled white sheets can be seen behind them, which is also covered in paint splotches.
While the image appears to be shot by Taylor, it was likely actually shot by famed photographed Steven Klein, who has shot many other magazine covers for V, and also shot Gaga for her Alejandro music video.
"We made love on this canvas on a Sunday in Chicago. We made love amidst chaos. We talked about shootings. We made love amidst terrorism," she told the magazine. "And we talked about how people's hearts are also suffering all over the world as they watch and witness a swell of violence. We made love amidst violence."
For the issue, Gaga shot multiple covers. However it will not be found on newsstands, but rather exclusively via www.vmagazineshop.com. The issue will be priced at $50 and 100% of the sales of the physical issue through the shop site will go directly to Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which aims to "empower youth."
"I could not complete the covers of this issue without relinquishing one to an important cause," Gaga said. "Taylor and I talk all the time about our unique existence on this earth. How can we use our creativity to heal people?
"Since we first met, Taylor's been painting and drawing all over me," she said. "Years ago, when we were secretly living in San Diego and crashing on the floor of a beach shack, we never wore shoes. He told me he wanted to make love to me on a canvas. And though he made many murals on my body in the wee, small hours of our stoked, gypsy mornings with our friends, for whatever reason we never got around to it."
It's not all cover art. Gaga actually guest edited a feature in which she poses with British artist Daphne Guinness for more provocative images.
In one image the women can be seen wearing bondage style black strap-up vests along with leather shorts; another shows them rocking heels while Gaga embraces the artist.
She dedicated each of the covers to the "creators, collectors and collaborators." The magazine is meant to celebrate the life and the designs of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
"This issue of V is about all of these people coming together to express a passion for art and fashion, to really 'go there' to make a great statement and to change things," she told the magazine's website. "I feel like we all share an appetite for living a life of passion and creativity…it's like we all found our immortality through art and fashion…"
She continued, "we share that deep spiritual place. These are people who have kept me and protected me over the years, because they've wanted me to survive…that's part of the message of this issue: we have to carry each other through the decades and take care of one another and honor each other's work...I am saying thank you to all these people for everything they've given to me...I want to make sure the world knows who they are…it's a guard of people…I call them my Fashion Guard!"
Of the shoot, Gaga said, "This is the church of fashion. If you don't have respect for what Daphne and Steven Klein and I are doing, you don't have a clue, really. What's sacred about today is that it's Daphne and I, two women who loved McQueen very much, and Steven Klein, a man who loved him very much.'
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and photographer Hedi Slimane also appear on covers in images that they shot of each other.
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