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Numéro Uses an Archival Image of Lady Gaga by Hedi Slimane for Its Music Issue

It’s no secret that magazines are struggling to produce content due to the ongoing global health crisis. So they’ve been thinking outside the box. British Harper’s Bazaar captured its chosen cover subjects remotely, while other publications resorted to beautiful illustrations. Digging into the archives (a la American Vogue) is also an option. So for its latest edition dedicated to music, Numéro uses a black and white photograph of Lady Gaga lensed by Hedi Slimane for the occasion.

Numéro #214 June/July 2020 : Lady Gaga by Hedi Slimane


The chosen cover image didn’t cut it for our forum members, however. “The one Hollywood celebrity cover they’ve done in months, years if I’m correct, and it had to be her. Shot by Hedi. The only way it could be worse is if it was styled by Nicola Formichetti. A true trinity of horror. Everything on this cover is forced and fake, even the strategically placed cigarette,” critiqued Benn98.

“Quite unflattering, I’m not a big fan. Looks like she’s revisiting Jo Calderone, which is an exciting concept, but the resulting image could’ve looked much better!” aracic chimed in.

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“This is the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. Gaga doesn’t even look like this anymore, why use an archival image?” asked dodencebt.

Also quick to question the outcome was FashionMuseDior: “If they were going to use a picture from a decade ago, why couldn’t it be a better, more lively picture?”

“Is this real? Looks fan-made,” mocked russianelf.

Nomar wasn’t feeling the shot, either. “What a terrible angle.”

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