Along with the cover shoot, Gaga spoke with NY novelist Tama Janowitz for the issue, with whom she talked about Joanne and her new found love of horses.
The album is named after Gaga’s late aunt Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who died aged 19 in after suffering complications from lupus.
Gaga went on to talk about how Joanne died from complications of lupus, “a bad autoimmune disease”. [Joanne] died in 1974, but they had no idea why she died.
“The spirit of Joanne is very much alive within my family”. They wake me up every day and make sure I am powerful, feeling good and strong. “And she thinks, ‘How is it possible that Lady Gaga understands how I feel?’ That girl – it’s me”.
“Gaga Forever!” the cover line reads, showing the 31-year-old “Million Reasons” megastar makeup-free, her bushy brows brushed upwards, with her arms raised above her head and her various tattoos on full display. “In the dream I’m playing at an amphitheater, outdoors, and beyond the seats there’s a field in back-it’s the cheap tickets”, Gaga said. The girl is “dressed in a Hanes sweatshirt, wearing her mom’s rolled-up jeans”. Here she reunites with @hedislimane, who first photographed Gaga for the iconic cover of 2009’s best-selling album The Fame Monster. She has three babies, two are running around her. “And while out there, I developed a special connection to horses”, she revealed.
Gaga’s commercial understatement strips away the pink cowboy hats and Muppet-covered ensembles that at various points in her career characterized her mysterious persona.
“I just get on the horse and go”.