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Lady Gaga appears on The View on May 23, 2011, the day her Born This Way album was released. / Lady Gaga appears on the October 2011 issue of Harpers Bazaar. - Provided courtesy of ABC / Harpers Bazaar

Lady Gaga featured 'barefaced' on Harper's Bazaar cover - See photo

09/07/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Lady Gaga went with a new look for the October cover of Harper's Bazaar, one that seems like a make-under compared to her more recent appearances.

The singer, who is known for her unique style and theatrical shows, appears on the cover of the magazine as well as in the photo shoot images as -- what the magazine calls -- "basically barefaced."

However, Gaga tells the Harper's Bazaar she wouldn't exactly call the look natural. "I don't really view it as 'natural,'" she said. "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 make-up or no make-up, I'm always the same person inside."

"I try to not focus on what people expect from me," She added. "I think what has been lovely about my relationship with the public is that they expect something unexpected from me."

Speaking of unexpected, the singer recently opened the MTV Video Music Awards dressed as her male alter-ego Jo Calderone. Not only did Gaga perform her single "You and I" as Calderone, but she also remained in character for the duration of the show, even presenting an award to Britney Spears as Calderone. Some noticed the pop star's uncanny resemblance to a young Ralph Macchio, including the "Karate Kid" himself.

The last time Gaga appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar in May, she was featured with protruding cheek bones. A similar alteration appeared on the cover of her "Born This Way" album and during her performance at the 2011 Grammys.

The singer also dished about her work-out routine saying, "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."

She also revealed she recently learned how to surf while vacationing in Mexico in August. "I fell off a lot in the beginning," she said, "but one of the surfers said to me, 'Now that you can stand up, just look into the future and enjoy the ride.' I thought that was an interesting metaphor about life."

Gaga Tweeted a photo of herself surfing on August 18 with a caption that read, "yeah thats me. no heels baby."

Watch the music video for Lady Gaga's "You and I" below.

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