Oprah Winfrey Photographed By Terry Richardson For ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ Magazine

Wait, Really?

Terry Richardson has enjoyed a semi-successful career in photography … from shooting trainwreck starlets on their downward spiral (like Lindsay Lohan) to shooting elder actors (like Angela Landsbury) and up-and-coming musicians (like Frank Ocean) with their clothes on (as opposed to the countless nameless young women without their clothes that Uncle Terry likes to shoot). But this month, Terry has reached a new level in his career … by shooting Oprah Winfrey for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Oprah is lookin’ slick as Hell in her Jil Sander and Escada outfits in these must-see photos. Click below to see how Oprah looks thru the lens of Terry Richardson.

This might just be the most mind-boggling magazine spread we’ve seen in a while — notorious perv Terry Richardson has photographed Oprah Winfrey for Harper’s Bazaar. And get this — she’s fully clothed! Ann Caruso styled Winfrey in a fire engine red Jil Sander coat, a white Escada menswear-inspired tux, and a smattering of blinged-out rings. As much as we adore Oprah, we’re still weirded out by a shot of her doing a thumbs up pose à la Richardson. However, once we get past the bizarre spread, the interview with Laura Brown is pretty much as normal as you’d expect — a recap of how Winfrey has juggled the move from her eponymous talk show to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. But before we all think that Oprah’s some sort of superwoman (let’s be honest, she is), she’s quick to point out that she’s just a work in progress and doesn’t always follow her own motto, “Live your best life”: “Like this morning, I had the intention to meditate for 20 minutes, but I really only made it about 12. And then I said, ‘Okay, don’t beat yourself up; you did the 12.’ I had the intention to work out for an hour, but I only did a half. And even with that I was still a half hour later getting here, so…” Yeah, we’ve all been there. But we’ve got to give Oprah a break, considering her day starts at 5:45 a.m. So, how does she relax then? “Oh, I’ve got all the Shades, for the time I can take some guilty pleasure and just read. But I’m thinking, Stop with the story, get to the juicy part! Bathing is my hobby. I love creating bathing experiences—bath gels, bubbles, crystals, salts, lavender milks…Oh, yeah! I go prune. I go waaaay prune. I’ve gone to sleep.” And now you know.

Man, Richardson is really blowing up. It’s like he’s becoming a legitimate photographer, despite his sketchy past. If he continues on this trajectory, he might become the new Annie Leibovitz. Shooting Oprah Winfrey is a big deal but I wonder who his next big subject will be. In regards to these interview excerpts, I’m always fascinated by hearing about Oprah‘s personal life. I’m sure her life can be just as mundane as our lives can be and I love hearing about it. It’s one thing to be dazzled by tales of fame and riches but I am really more interested in hearing about the high and mighty like to be normal. This is an interview I’d like to read in full. So far, I like what I’m hearing from the Big O. What do y’all think? Would you like to read more? Are you a fan of these Richardson photos?

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  1. Joanna

    I’m glad he’s getting more prominent people to photograph instead of his once monthly shoots with BFF Jared Leto. Those were becoming tedious and boring. However, landing Angela Landsbury and Oprah is a major coupe and I hope this is the beginning of the best part of his career.

  2. This is insane! I do like that first picture though… and I love that Oprah said ‘Bathing is my hobby.’ LOL! I need that lifestyle!

  3. i just dont get it. how does Terry keep getting work? and with such high profile people? it just doesnt make sense.

    • emily

      I’m wondering if he has a new publicist/agent/manager? He has been landing some high profile peeps recently … someone savvy working on his behalf?

  4. where is the one of him making her wear his glasses?

  5. Kathryn

    oprah preaches about abuse, and molestation of youth, yet shoots with a famous perv.. hmmmmm

  6. These are some of the best pics of Oprah I’ve ever seen. Absolutely loving the white suit one.

  7. Blowing up, or jumping the shark?

  8. emily

    Terry: OK, Oprah, these are great shots, but now it’s time to take off your top.
    O: Excuse me?
    Terry: No big deal, it’s how I shoot all my women.
    O: Not this woman!
    Terry: *sigh* … this is so much easier with malleable young actresses … I miss Lindsay.

  9. gabriel

    lmfao at “Terry Richardson has enjoyed a semi-successful career in photography” Terry has pretty much shot everyone. I think its safe to call his career successful.

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