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
#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.