Lady Gaga Has a Unique Sense of Style
She is known for her outrageous fashion sense, which gets her a lot of attention, and more importantly for a string of hit records.
|Lady Gaga in London.|
Lady Gaga was raised in New York City, where she still lives. After going to NYU, she struck out on her own and formed a band, playing local dives.
A music producer noticed, and soon others did, too.
She ditched her band and soon came up with her new stage name - Lady Gaga - courtesy of music producer Rob Fusari, or so the story goes. "Don't ever call me Stefani again," she said.
With people noticing her now, Lady Gaga went to work beating the bushes with Fusari, and soon Def Jam Recordings signed her. Hit records galore soon followed, led by her first studio album in 2008, "The Fame."
Her biggest hit to date was her 2011 album "Born This Way," which was a worldwide No. 1 hit.
Lady Gaga affectionately calls her "Little Monsters." Though seemingly derogatory, everyone understands that she uses the term with deep affection. Her fans, in turn, call Lady Gaga "Mother Monster."
|Lady Gaga in FHM Germany, April 2010.|
Lady Gaga is very active in philanthropy. Among other causes, she sang on the single "We Are the World 25" to aid the victims of the Haitian earthquake. She also is active in Artists Against Fracking, It's On Us, and private contributions to combat HIV and AIDS totalling more than a reported $202 million.
Lady Gaga began the Born This Way Foundation in 2012. The BTWF is a nonprofit that focuses on youth empowerment.
Lady Gaga is very active in LGBT causes. She credits a lot of her success to that community and regularly donates her time to LGBT causes.
So far, Lady Gaga has sold about 30 million albums and about 150 million singles worldwide.
Lady Gaga is larger than life, and that always attracts detractors. Camille Paglia, for instance, called Gaga "a mainstream manufactured product."
Lady Gaga has a younger sister, Natalie Germanotta, who maintains a low profile. Natalie once dressed up as Lady Gaga for Halloween.
I was the arty girl, the theatre chick. I dressed differently and I came from a different social class from the other girls. I was more of an average schoolgirl with a cork.
|Showing off her tatoo, but Lady Gaga's tight leather outfit steals the shot|
I dropped out of NYU, moved out of my parent's house, got my own place, and survived on my own. I made music and worked my way from the bottom up. I didn't know somebody, who knew somebody, who knew somebody. If I have any advice to anybody, it's to just do it yourself, and don't waste time trying to get a favor.
I would rather die than have my fans not see me in a pair of high heels. I'd never give up my wigs or hats for anything. You see legendary people taking out their trash, I think it's destroying show business.
She is the queen, Madonna is the queen. I have so much adoration for her. Being compared to her is unbelievably flattering, but in truth there is no one that can compare with Madonna. She is the queen!
My mother and I have initiated a passion project. Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.
|Lady Gaga for some reason gets the most attention of anyone in the airport|
There's a sort of stigma around doing good deeds that's maybe not so cool. I'm doing everything that I can, working with experts, really studying the statistics to figure out a way we can make it cool or normal to be kind and loving.
|Some typical Lady Gaga boots|