Lady Gaga once again embraces her gay fans, on the cover of Out Magazine. The above picture isn’t the cover, but it is one of the shots from the shoot. As Out Magazine put it, pop’s newest — and gayest — superstar pulls back the curtain to reveal all is allusion in the art and artifice of fame. The photography is by Ellen Von Unwerth, with styling by Nicola Formichetti.
“This isn’t the Lady Gaga newscast,” she says. “Nobody gives a shit what is really going on — everyone wants me to tell them a story. Art is a lie, and every day I kill to make it true.”
Stefani Germanotta…that’s Gaga’s real name. The magazine article talks about an 18 year old New Yorker’s rise to super fame. We come to find out that her name was inspired by Radio Ga Ga, the Queen song name, and it was the idea of her producer, Rob Fursuri because her voice reminded him of Freddie Mercury.
At 23, Lady Gaga has become the third artist in history to score three number 1 hits from a debut album on the Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 Charts.
A little more from the article:
The rules of GaGaland…
(1) Be life-changing, historical, and memorable
(2) Thou shalt be glamorous
(3) Gay culture shall gush undiluted into the rapids of society. It shall not be co-opted, fancified, dolled up, or Uncle Tommed.
“Her devotion to gay culture is unparalleled by any other artist operating at her level of visibility or success. ‘When I started in the mainstream it was the gays that lifted me up,’ she says. ‘I committed myself to them and they committed themselves to me, and because of the gay community I’m where I am today.’ Earlier this year, in her acceptance speech for her MuchMusic award for best international video, Lady Gaga thanked ‘God and the gays.’ Before agreeing to tour with Kanye West this fall, Gaga told the rapper, ‘I just want to be clear before we decide to do this together: I’m gay. My music is gay. My show is gay. And I love that it’s gay. And I love my gay fans and they’re all going to be coming to our show. And it’s going to remain gay.’