PHOTOS: Tony Bennett Paints Lady Gaga Naked For Vanity Fair

Lately we’d been getting little inklings that Lady Gaga might be losing the special flair she had for making a big splash. And those inklings were promptly laid to rest this morning when we saw a photo of Gaga getting naked for singer Tony Bennett — so that, you know, he could paint her. For Vanity Fair. If that wasn’t enough for you, Gaga also has not one but two newsstand covers for the January issue of Elle UK.

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The Elle covers are fairly simple in concept, so we’ll get them out of the way first. Photographer Matt Irwin shot Gaga in simple makeup staring directly at the camera, wearing those lacy eye masks that have become so popular on magazines and runways of late. We’re especially enamored with the first cover, on which Gaga wears that dreamy beaded orange dress from Alexander McQueen‘s spring collection that looks not so much like a dress as it does a very, very pretty benevolent creature of the Mediterranean Sea.

For the Annie Leibovitz-shot Vanity Fair cover, Gaga is a little more, well, Gaga, clad in a vibrant red tiered couture ensemble complete with a heart-shaped hat. Inside, she wears everything from Michael Kors to Valentino to more McQueen to her birthday suit for that Bennett paint sesh (and she accessorizes it with Brian Atwood pumps and Chanel sunglasses.) But she explained to The Hollywood Reporter that even though she’s been photographed in the buff before, this time around she was a teensy bit nervous.

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“I walked in and said, ‘Well Tony, here we are’ and I dropped my robe and I got into position,” the singer explained. “I felt shy and thought, ‘It’s Tony Bennett, why am I naked?’ “

We guess we’ll have to wait for Leibovitz to explain that one. Check out a sampling of everything below.

[The Fashion Spot, Coco’s Tea Party]

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