Cover Girls: Lady Gaga, Penélope Cruz and Linda Evangelista for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Posted on August 01, 2014

Harpers-Bazaar-Magazine-September-Issue-Penelope-Cruz-Versace-Lady-Gaga-Chanel-Linda-Evangelista-Comme-Des-Garcons-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Penélope Cruz, Lady Gaga and Linda Evangelista cover the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Sebastian Faena and styled by Carine Roitfeld.

Harpers-Bazaar-Magazine-September-Issue-Penelope-Cruz-Versace-Lady-Gaga-Chanel-Linda-Evangelista-Comme-Des-Garcons-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Christian Dior Fall 2014 Collection

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Harpers-Bazaar-Magazine-September-Issue-Penelope-Cruz-Versace-Lady-Gaga-Chanel-Linda-Evangelista-Comme-Des-Garcons-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Chanel Fall 2014 Collection

Harpers-Bazaar-Magazine-September-Issue-Penelope-Cruz-Versace-Lady-Gaga-Chanel-Linda-Evangelista-Comme-Des-Garcons-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)Commes des Garçons Fall 2014 Collection

Harpers-Bazaar-Magazine-September-Issue-Penelope-Cruz-Versace-Lady-Gaga-Chanel-Linda-Evangelista-Comme-Des-Garcons-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Commes des Garçons Fall 2014 Collection






[Photo Credit: Sebastian Faena for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • RussellH88

    I think I prefer Penelope, the pops of blue on that dress just get me for some reason. Gaga is doing Natasha Lyonne as Jackie O and Linda is wearing a scarf/snuggie hybrid.

    • imspinningaround

      You have to check out the entire series on the Harper’s Bazaar site. All the greats are represented: Cindy, Claudia, Stephanie Seymour, IMAN.

      • Heather

        Ooh, thanks for recommending that, those are great.

        The Iman shot and the Lara Stone shot are my favorites.

        • Shawn EH

          And Gigi Hadid!

      • Thom

        My fears are confirmed: Carine put fishnets on EVERYONE. “Carine, STOP trying to make fishnets happen! It’s NOT going to happen!”

        But IMAN is GLORIOUS, and I thank her for cutting that large-fence fishnet s*** out with Carine.

        But we got a few good pictures, when the clothes and poses didn’t go sexy-sexy: Gigu Hadid, Carolyn Murphy (for playing with / tearing that fishnet crap), Lara Stone (for looking that pissed off), and Lauren Hutton (for working that camera with her face). Also, for sheer irony, I kinda like Lady Gaga as Chaka Khan.

        • Vtg Fashion Library

          But Thom, fishnets are so fetch!

        • Shawn EH

          I think it’s a weirdly bad photo of Carolyn (who usually amazes me whenever she’s not talking), but I really hope all of these are in the issue. Damn, Lauren is the original supermodel from this set! Gaga’s just lucky she got to play along! Somehow I don’t remember Joan Smalls, but Iman and Lauren should just wear everything.

          • Thom

            Joan Smalls is a newer model, Puerto-Rican girl who hit it big in 2010 being cast by Givenchy for runway.

          • Shawn EH

            Well, that explains it, thanks!

      • Shawn EH

        What? There!

    • MilaXX

      and yet I’m bored by all of this.

  • Katherine Anthony

    Oddly, I prefer Lady Gaga’s cover. Penelope doesn’t really stand out, and Linda looks like she’s wearing a poncho of sock monkeys.

    • Mrs. Julien

      Poncho of sock monkeys is the new hipster beard.

      • anyalama

        Poncho of Sock Monkeys is my new band name.

        • Raspberry2012

          I get to be your bass player!

        • Izzy_Gremlin

          I call drums!

        • Kikishua

          I call tamborine. Which gets shaken exactly once during the whole set. In between times I just stand there holding it, as if it has germs.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Linda looks like she’s being eaten by a sweater monster.
      ETA: Oops, just noticed the same comment made below!

    • rabswom

      I’m afraid that she’s going to stab the puppy with her nail talons!


      She’s in a sock monkey octopus trap

    • Carly Clement

      I Agree, I think Asia’s cuteness is a major advantage though!

  • another_laura

    Linda. Damn. That’s all I got.

  • Cynica

    Linda’s face reminds me how much I miss having models on magazine covers. Oh for the days of iconic models. Penelope does look lovely. Gaga looks like she’s about to take over the lead in “Legally Blonde, The Musical.”

    • homofascist

      Seriously that woman can give FACE like no other. And hi sweetie darling! :)

      • Rhonda Shore

        ‘Tis true.

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      • demidaemon

        It’s true. Too bad they put her in the most whack outfit that is for No One Ever, thus obscuring her money maker.

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  • Jessi03

    I am so sick of that Dior dress that Penelope’s wearing.

    • sugarkane105

      It makes the wearer look like a football, that’s all I see.

      • Jessi03

        It really does! And how many dang magazine covers has it been on this season? I can recall Anna Kendricks and Charlize, and now Penelope. Are there more?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          It needs to go away, NOW.

    • Clash D

      I’m sick of Dior, fullstop. They’ve made some really ugly stuff these past couple of years.

    • Thom

      I hear ya: it feels lazy to pick “THE dress of the season!” for Penelope, when the colors don’t compliment her all that well. But the final nail in that coffin is the fishnet body stocking, which, having looked for drag heels on websites of ill repute, just makes me think of sex workers on a budget.

  • Karen Belgrad

    I wonder how much it cost to get Linda out of bed for this cover shoot? :)

    • @Biting Panda

      Probably a whole lot less than in the good old days.

      • Kim Elmore

        I hope not

  • marlie

    Penelope is owning that Dior (though this isn’t the worst thing they’ve come up with recently). I’m not a fan of Gaga’s, and even though Linda Evangelista looks like she’s being swallowed up by a sweater monster, I’m in awe at how gorgeous she is.

    ETA: That poor dog is like “what the hell did I get myself in to?”

    • sugarkane105

      Seriously, he’s looking at his publicist like, “You let this bitch hold me with these TALONS?”

      • marlie

        So apparently that’s HER new puppy. I feel even worse for the poor thing now.

        • Thomas

          Yeah, I was just about to say that it’s her dog.

    • Alicia

      Gaga looks even more awkward with a dog than Blake Lively did! Poor pup.

      • BayTampaBay

        I think Gaga looks awful.

  • Cloveradams

    Penelope Cruz is just so staggeringly beautiful that she seems to discourage the Photoshoppers from their nefarious tampering, or at least work with a lighter touch than usual. Linda Evangelista. . .not so much, and that CdG wrap (?) looks like a bunch of scarves had gotten tangled together after spending too much time in the dryer,

    • boweryboy

      You pretty much summed up CdG’s aesthetic. I love Rei Kawakubo for that.

  • boweryboy

    I think the only one of these three who rightfully deserves the tag “iconic” is Linda.

    • Denise Alden

      I agree, and I adore Penelope Cruz. I also adore her husband.

    • BayTampaBay

      I 100% agree with you.

    • FrigidDiva

      I was just coming down here to comment on that. As much as I like Penelope Cruz, I don’t know if I would consider her an iconic actress.

      • boweryboy

        Not at all. Tilda Swinton, yes. Penelope, not so much.

        • Thomas

          I love Tilda, but I don’t think I would even consider her iconic yet. She’s a great actress, but she has yet to play a part that I think has truly defined her, partly because she plays a lot of supporting roles and lead roles in independent or low grossing films. The only current actress I can think of who I would consider iconic is Meryl Streep. Maybe Cate Blanchett and Glenn Close as well. And Shirley MacLaine of course, since she still acts sometimes. Penelope Cruz is a good actress, but definitely not iconic, maybe to hispanics though. And I would say Angelina Jolie is an iconic celebrity, but not an iconic actress.

  • @Biting Panda

    Penelope is your working, glamorous, yet frazzled, mother of two young children.

    Gaga is a poser, in already played out fashion.

    Linda looks like a patient in the world’s most cozy mental institution.

    • GeoDiva

      Well said!

    • Shawn EH

      I’d go to Linda’s movie: Model, Interrupted!

  • Jacob Bowen

    Oh my god, Lady Gaga’s dog (Asia?) is cute enough for me…but I actually love all 3. Linda is serving FACE (while lying in a snuggly pile of blankets) and Penelope is going to zhuzh her hair to sex you up!

  • Glam Dixie

    Lady Gaga has a Frenchie and Chanel, definite fave. Penelope is doing Tyra’s, Oh, I have a headache, pose. Linda’s is pretty fabulous too.

  • WendyD

    I cannot unsee those HORRIFYING shoe/boot things on the Chanel model. WTF?
    Linda is stunning but sitting in a pile of Pinterest.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Gym shoe thigh high boots is possibly the worst invention ever…

    • FrigidDiva

      “sitting in a pile of Pinterest” might be my favorite thing I’ve read today.

  • SewingSiren

    Linda Evangelista just one of three cover models two of which are entertainers. Sad.

  • Anna

    “Linda, work mama.”

    How I miss the supermodel era.

    • demidaemon

      Me too. :(

  • mjude

    Linda has always been my fave. I too miss the supermodel era.

  • quiltrx

    Penelope’s is my favorite overall, but damn is Linda giving FACE!

    • alyce1213

      Linda can’t not give face.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Linda can still bring it.

  • alyce1213

    Three amazing faces: Penelope, the French Bulldog, and Linda. As for Gaga, I don’t like her photo at all, she just looks crazed. I sure hope she didn’t stick that little doggie with her sharpened claws.

  • Danielle

    Linda’s face makes up for the atrocity that is Gaga’s nails.

  • Jessica

    Love Gaga’s cover!!

  • NurseEllen

    Cruz FTW, although I would have liked the dress much better without the fishnet additions. The model shot is of a much better version of that Dior.
    As usual, Gaga makes me GagGag.

  • Tanya Wade

    Linda just took these other two ladies to school and they have been found wanting. I even love the Comme des Garçons, avec diaper. A face like that makes anything look good.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Penelope Cruz is a favourite of mine and I love that cover, but much like “supermodel,” “iconic” is a word that is tossed around so much now that it doesn’t mean much anymore.

    • Beardslee

      Like ‘diva.’

      • alyce1213

        And genius.

      • alyce1213

        One more: Standing ovations.

    • conniemd

      Yeah, I was wondering what is iconic about Penelope Cruz. I like her and think she’s pretty. But so are lots of other actresses. Angelina Jolie would be “iconic” for me.

      • Shawn EH

        I’m thinking like European Actress. She may not have achieved Sophia Loren yet, but has she achieved Anna Magnani? She’s come a long way since “All About My Mother.”

  • sugarkane105

    Why is Linda dressed like an elephant trunk?

    • Shawn EH

      Does it matter? It’s Linda. I can no more question her than Naomi or Christie.

  • Christine Hart

    I don’t understand Linda Evangelista’s body in this, where it starts, where it ends…

    • FrigidDiva

      I’m really confused/weirded-out about where her hand and arm are coming from…I can’t figure it out and I’ve been staring at that picture for way too long.

  • hughman

    Here’s how you separate the Icondels from regular models : Around ’95 I went to a runway show in NYC for Gianni Versace’s newest line, Versus (which was allegedly created just to give Donatella something to do). The clothes were forgettable, the models unremarkable and very young. At the end however, Linda Evangelista emerged and the audience spontaneously burst into applause. She was obviously doing a favor in walking since she stood out so dramatically. She did her thing – walk, walk, stop, glare, turn, walk, walk – and when she was finishing with one last turn, she tripped! There was a HUGE gasp and literally some poor woman (or queen) let out a sharp shriek. People don’t normally do that for mere mortals but with Linda’s small trip, life as we know it was suddenly called into question.

    • random_poster

      What a great story! The sentiment is so true. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shawn EH

      I love everything about this. Can you imagine Gianni “Linda, baby, I know, but for my sister, would you please? I would really appreciated it cara mia!”

  • Alicia

    I don’t care if Linda is being mugged by an amorous octopus, she’s still got it.

    • Sofia

      She’s my favorite model of all time and has the most glamorous face. I love her work from the 90’s.

  • GillianHolroyd

    As I scrolled down, I thought oh, they’ve knotted some poor designers’ sweaters together so they are indistinguishable but hey, editorial.


  • SugarSnap108

    Penelope is gorgeous, but I think that pose is just awkward. I don’t know why Linda is wrapped in a knitwear cocoon, but it doesn’t matter. That face is everything.

  • Crystal

    Omg Linda why did they do this to you???? Whose shit list are you on????

  • lexilexi

    Penelope is gorgeous – and she looks like herself. I love it.

    • Denise Alden

      I know! Those freckles kill me.

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  • Lily

    J’adore Penelope’s freckles! Such a beautiful feature on her. And Linda, have you aged at all or have you been hiding out in a cave somewhere sans UV rays to give you that skin… (or is that atrocious eye makeup hiding some overly done surgery?) As for the other thing in the middle… eh.

  • AndiMarie

    I just hope Gaga didn’t stab that poor adorable Frenchie with those nails…

  • Yoshio

    i have irrational love for comme des garcons and the greatest supermodel of all time wearing the label makes me irrationally happy this Aloha Friday! The other two are mere poseurs when it comes to fashion (Lady Gaga wears costumes 99% of the time) never mind that a version of the dress PC is wearing was worn by Charlize Theron and Anna Kendrick on other covers recently. Do fashion rags have a Christian Dior quota they have to meet each year?

    • Gatto Nero

      That dress isn’t worthy of Cruz.

  • Randy Noak

    Is it just me, or does Lady Gaga look like Alaska Thunderfuck?

  • Pennymac

    Did they photoshop that hat on Gaga? Is there a sweaty short person crouching behind her with a stick holding it “just so”? In the fabulous sandwich of beautiful face, Gaga seems to be the olive loaf weird lunchmeat. Definitely a needle scratch.

  • BLauDGaspode

    I made my daughter an octopus costume one year for Halloween from an old gray sweatshirt. Little did I know I also made her a Linda Evangelista costume. Score for a double costume!

  • KES4K

    In order: cheap, scary, weird.

  • StrandedFashionista

    You have to be a professional level model to wear a sock monkey and look anywhere near chic. Props to you Linda.

  • NMMagpie

    I love that Penelope’s freckles were not Photoshopped out.

  • MarissaLG

    Not a shock to anyone, but Ms. Linda is the only one out of the three who is making her mess of an outfit work.

  • Julie Ree

    Of the three, the only one who IS iconic is Linda. I want to be her (yes, TLo, we get it) even with sock monkey clothes!

  • Snailstsichr

    I’m really hoping fishnets are not coming back with a vengeance. I hated them the first time around.

    • Gatto Nero

      I kinda love fishnets (but on the legs only — see sleeves and bodice in first shot).

  • Mr. J.

    Penelope looks fabulous….and I admire Linda for keeping her cool while being eaten by sweaters. It brings to mind a movie I saw as a kid, “Caltiki, The Immortal Monster”…..

  • Kim Elmore

    Always Linda

  • gingerella

    La Evangelista is truly the heiress to Carmen Dell’Orifice. She’ll still be modeling in 40 years. Proudly showing my age with this reference.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s had work done, but she apparently paid for the best.

  • carolitafavorita

    This isn’t something that I shout often, but GIMME GAGA’S PUPPEH!

  • Gatto Nero

    Cruz is one of the most beautiful people on the planet.
    Love that Comme de Garcon weirdness (minus the wool diaper) — for the runway, at least.

  • Miss wks

    LOVE miss penelope’s freckles!

  • FrigidDiva

    That hardly even looks like Gaga’s face, I can’t figure out who it reminds me of though. That poor puppy! Where is Sarah McLachlan and her sad ASPCA commercials when you need them.

  • macwell

    Penelope for the win! Evangelista gets honorable mention…..

  • FibonacciSequins

    That particular lacing effect looks so cheap to me. Gaga is a hot mess. Linda’s head is absolutely gorgeous and the leggings are cool, but who will notice, with that octopus adorning her?

  • PinkyK

    ….and it’s Linda with the win!

    • Shawn EH

      You ain’t kidding! The Penelope dress is literally Bride of Frankenstein (did Tim Burton design it?), and the only good thing about the Gaga shoot is the Chanel.

      • matildarf

        And the dog, but she’ll inadvertently kill the dog with those nails.

        • Shawn EH

          Bulldogs bite, maybe he’s safe!

  • Melanie

    can we please stop, Gaga? please?

  • Gaby

    I think I like Penelope’s best because she’s totally working the dress better than the model, with Gaga close behind because I can’t resist a puppy (though her talons make me scared on behalf of the pup and the netting fails to give the look edge and just makes her look trashy). I love Linda Evangelista and she’s giving face to die, but the posing and placement of that… thing? … she’s wearing is giving me some serious body horror – where are her LIMBS?
    ETA: Also, clearly I need that hat Gaga is wearing.

  • Qitkat

    Linda Evangelista is strangely calm all wrapped up by her wooly python, even her legs contribute to that sense.
    What a face! Damn that’s perfection!

    I’ve always thought Penelope Cruz is one of the most beautiful women on the planet, but I’ve seen better photos of her; the shoelace dress does no one any favors.

    I really have nothing to say about Gaga, but that classic Chanel suit is very pretty. My late MIL would have loved it, as pink was her favorite color. Well, on second thought, I hate that they chopped it for the photoshoot.

  • KT

    You can tell who the supermodel here is. Gaga looks fine but otherwise unexciting. She really shouldn’t have posed with that pooch, because he is stealing the show with his extreme adorableness. Penelope looks tired and over it; which is exactly how I feel about her dress.

  • smh4748

    That Chanel photo. Um, wut?

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    Do you think someone just took scissors to that Chanel skirt 30 seconds before this picture was taken? It doesn’t even look like they were careful about it.

  • Tracy_Flick

    That may be the rattiest wig to ever grace the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

  • frannyprof

    Linda Evangelista: Queen of the GASM (Golden Age of Supermodels). She hasn’t aged a bit. Bitch.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s worked pretty hard to make sure we all think so, but she definitely succeeded! More power to her, always.


    What the heck is Miz Evangelista wearing? It’s weirder than Gaga!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    The dog in Gaga’s photo is sending out “Help!” vibes. That Dior worn by Penelope has been getting a workout in fashion shoots this summer. Charlize Theron wore it for the Vogue cover.

    • Bert Keeter

      Cause it’s the ONLY decent dress to come out of DIOR in AGES!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        So it is. No wonder all of the stylists are using it. And isn’t that sad, given the house’s reputation?

  • SophieCollier

    I don’t consider Penelope Cruz to be an iconic anything, but that dress does look great on her.

  • Annistella

    Does anyone else feel a trifled annoyed when the current crop of models de jour, such as Miranda Kerr and other Victoria’s Secret Angels (a little bit of vomit came up in my mouth when I wrote that) and yes, even Cara Delevingne, are constantly referred to as ‘supermodels’? This cover of Linda Evangelista made me realise how deprived I have been of this elevated art form. This is beyond mere bone structure, and such captivating beauty comes from anywhere (think Iman, China Machado etc). Yet media persistently morph this quality into a heterosexual male ideal. Now I understand why Grace Coddington so strongly opposed the use of celebrities for Vogue covers. It dilutes grandeur and homogenises diversity. More Linda please.

  • Tabitha Humphries

    Penelope’s freckles. That is all.

  • lifeisastory

    All of these are dreadful.

  • Alana

    It makes me want to see real models again.

  • Mary Lauer

    Linda Evangelista is so amazingly gorgeous. And talk about a face that can take a LOT of makeup! I think that pose is about the only one that could make the Comme des Garcons silliness look marginally acceptable. 😉