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?