Lady Gaga Dons New Look on Vogue Cover
Lady Gaga will grace the cover of the March issue of Vogue and in true Gaga fashion, she adopts a striking look unlike any we've seen her sport before. Famed photographer Mario Testino shoots her as a gorgeous, untouchable, ethereal statue. Her hair is fixed into a short, flapper-style pink bob, with straight, severe bangs. It's a Louise Brooks look, Gagafied. Her eyebrows appear bleached white and her matte mouth is painted a serious shade of dark purple. She is draped in a deconstructed, dangerously low-cut pink dress that she wears, and not the other way around.
The accompanying interview is as provocative as the cover shot. It's an in-depth face-to-face with Gaga, who sounds off about her "monsters," the concept of fame, how she views herself (it's not subtle), and how 'Born This Way' has Guns N' Roses and Bruce Springsteen moments! One thing is for sure -- our gal Gaga is as quotable as it gets; she certainly samples from the Madonna playbook of pop superstardom.
On the ‘little monsters,' AKA her fans:
"I see myself in them. I was this really bad, rebellious misfit of a person — I still am — sneaking out, going to clubs, drugs, alcohol, older men, younger men. You imagine it, I did it. I was just a bad kid. And I look at them, and every show there's a little more eyeliner, a little more freedom, and a little more ‘I don't give a f--- about the bullies at my school.' For some reason, the fans didn't become more Top 40. They become even more of this cult following. It's very strange and exciting."
On being a different breed:
"I don't feel spiritually connected to anyone in Hollywood makeup and a gown with diamond earrings on. I am just a different breed. I want to be your cool older sister who you feel really connected with, who you feel understands you and refuses to judge anything about you because she's been there."
On how she sees herself as a performer:
"Speaking purely from a musical standpoint, I think I am a great performer. I am a talented entertainer. I consider myself to have one of the greatest voices in the industry. I consider myself to be one of the greatest songwriters. I wouldn't say that I am one of the greatest dancers, but I am really quite good at what I do. I think it's OK to be confident in yourself."
On her single 'Born This Way' and Elton John's reaction to it:
Gaga tells the writer of the story that Elton called her title track the "gayest song" her ever heard. Gaga said, "I wrote it in 10 f---ing minutes, and it is a completely magical message song. And after I wrote it, the gates just opened, and the songs kept coming. It was like an immaculate conception."
On her album's 'rock 'n' roll' moments:
"There are some very rock 'n'roll moments on the album, too: There's a Bruce Springsteen vibe, there's a Guns N' Roses moment. It's the anthemic nature of the melodies and the choruses."
On her vocal prowess on the album:
"It is much more vocally up to par with what I've always been capable of. It's more electronic, but I have married a very theatrical vocal to it. It's like a giant musical-opus theater piece."