Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj Truly As You’ve Never Seen Them Before

© David LaChapelle Studio, courtesy of Taschen

From giving Pamela Anderson a mouthful of braces, casting Michael Jackson as Jesus, placing Tupac Shakur in a bling-filled bathtub, and thrusting a nude Lady Gaga into the arms of Kanye West, the photographer David LaChapelle has built a career out of putting the biggest names out there in the most out-there situations—at least, until he renounced doing so by hanging up the phone on Madonna. Somehow, however, LaChapelle has moved on from that blasphemous act and re-embraced the camera, which of course, for him, also means re-embracing fame, as evidenced by the nude, glittery fairy that is Miley Cyrus on the cover of Lost + Found, Part I, one of his two new books out today by Taschen. Inside each, there are unseen, unclothed portraits of everyone from Grace Jones to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, though it’s a testament to LaChapelle’s skill at presentation that the more covered up celebrities are often the more striking: David Bowie, Tupac Shakur, Julian Assange, Hillary Clinton, and Amy Winehouse all make notable appearances amidst the many nudes. Together, they serve as a showcase of LaChapelle’s oeuvre for what he says he will be his final publications. Take a look at celebrity through the surreal eyes of the photographer whom Richard Avedon once said “has the potential to be the genre’s Magritte,” here.


David LaChapelle, Do you want love or do you want fame (Lady Gaga), 2009.


David LaChapelle, Still I Rise (Tupac Shakur), 1996, California.


David LaChapelle, We Shine so Brightly, 2015.


David LaChapelle, Fallen friend on the walk of stars (Amy Winehouse), 2007.


David LaChapelle, Lost + Found. Part 1 cover, I Walk Out of My Prison (Miley Cyrus), 2017.


David LaChapelle, Superbass (Nicki Minaj), 2011.


David LaChapelle, We are Blessed, 2017, Hawaii.