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Walk This Way

The unlikely inspiration behind this month's cover? Paparazzi shots of Oprah shopping in Rome last fall. "I loved the look of her walking down the street with shopping bags," says O creative director Adam Glassman, who had Oprah re-create the scene on a Manhattan street. One security guard was less enchanted by the idea; Gayle King told him: "We have a permit. They just forgot to tell you!" Photographer Ruven Afanador quickly got the shots he needed while Oprah flashed smiles at smartphone-wielding passersby. One couldn't contain himself, shouting, "I love this woman!"
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The Inspiration

Pics of Oprah's Roman holiday; test shots with her stand-in.
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The Primping

Makeup artist Derrick Rutledge and hairstylists Andre Walker and Nicole Mangrum help Oprah get her glam on.
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Oprah loved these Chloé boots so much, she took them home after the shoot.

Boots: Chloé, $945; Barneys New York, 212-286-8900
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Show Time!

Oprah psyches herself up before stepping outside.

Get the look:
Vest: Barneys New York; $395 212-286-8900
Shirt: Lafayette 148 New York; $348; Lafayette148NY.com
Pants: White House Black Market; $98; WHBM.com
Earrings: $4,000; EmanuelDuca.com
Bracelets: Aura Collection by Roberto Demeglio, $330 to $338; RobertoDemeglioUSA.com
Watch: Apple Watch Edition in 18kt rose gold, $10,000; Apple.com
Ring: Stephen Dweck, $750; Neiman Marcus, 713-621-7100