Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lady Gaga for Harper's Bazaar US May 2011

Lady Gaga covers the new issue of Harper's Bazaar US (May 2011), photographed by Terry Richardson.
Versace top and skirt.

On the image of her Born This Way single and risking being misinterpreted for putting horns on her face:  "Trust me, I know that. I think a lot of people love to convolute what everyone else does in order to disempower women. But my fans know me. They would never hurt themselves. It's artistic expression. It's a performance-art piece. I have never, ever encouraged my fans or anyone to harm themselves, nor do I romanticize masochism. Body modification is part of the overarching analysis of 'Born This Way'. I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have. I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification."

On fame, fortune and how hard it would be to give up the glamorous life: "It's not [hard] if it doesn't mean anything to you. What means something to me is my music. I don't want to make money; I want to make a difference." What if things hadn't worked out for her? "I would still be living next door to my friend Jennifer, playing at the clubs I've always played at. It was never not going to work out for me because I was already living my dream when I was playing music."

On future plans: 'Born This Way' will have a tour, and after that tour will come another album and another Grammy performance, and the cycle continues."  Is she worried about reaching a saturation point with the media? Nope. "You can quote me on this: People love you when they think you won't be around for very long, and people hate you when they can't get rid of you. But I'm not going anywhere." 

Tex Saverio dress.

Gaga on Liberace’s piano. Kiki de Montparnasse bra. Levante fishnets. Alexander McQueen booties.

Alexander McQueen dress and mask (by special order).

Thierry Mugler jacket, pants and shoes.   


Dior Haute Couture dress (by special order). Thierry Mugler vintage mask and gloves.

Photos: credit @ Terry Richardson, courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.

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