The Growth of Gaga

As the month of May rolls around, we take a look at Lady Gaga’s most provoca­tive and dar­ing mo­ments, from slap­ping on a raw meat dress to raunchy odd mu­sic videos

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Culture -

#1 At the 2010 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, she wore a dress made of raw flank steak. It’s all about mak­ing a state­ment, Gaga later re­vealed, as she con­demned the United States’ ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ pol­icy on LGBT mil­i­tary coup.

#2 Lady Gaga’s mu­sic videos of­ten ex­plore taboo themes—ex­treme nu­dity, hy­per­sex­u­al­i­sa­tion, com­bin­ing sex­ual and re­li­gious im­agery. In Tele­phone; butch prison guards stripped her down to noth­ing but nip­ple pasties; in Ale­jan­dro, she swal­lows a string of rosary beads; in Yoü and I, she played a mer­maid writhing in a tub, filmed with for­mer love in­ter­est Tay­lor Kin­ney.

#3 Jo Calderone, Lady Gaga’s male al­ter ego first ap­peared to the (un­be­knownst) pub­lic in a men’s fash­ion ed­i­to­rial spread. Later, Jo starred in Lady Gaga’s mu­sic video Yoü and I, swig­ging al­co­hol from a bot­tle and smok­ing a joint on top of a piano. At the 2011 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, the pub­lic was treated to the live pres­ence of Jo Calderone as he gave an in­ter­view and per­formed Yoü and I.

#4 Her role as The Count­ess in FX’s Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel may not come as a sur­prise to fans who are used to her bold and ec­cen­tric ways. Rat­ings shot through the roof, and Gaga bagged Best Ac­tress at the 2016 Golden Globes for her por­trayal. Gaga: Five Foot Two doc­u­ments Lady Gaga’s per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence, cen­ter­ing around the pro­duc­tion and re­lease of her fifth stu­dio al­bum. Watch the doc­u­men­tary on Net­flix.

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