Why Lady Gaga Stopped Being the Queen of Provocation and Why Her Style Has Changed So Much Over the Years
In 2019, singer and actress Lady Gaga became the first person in history to win a Grammy, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Oscar in one year. She has even been placed the Guinness World Records several times, and thanks to her unusual appearance, she has a lot of different nicknames (Mother Monster, Little Mermaid, etc.). And few people actually know that behind her amazing career and provocative image, there was also an internal fight of being a regular person — a real person, just like anyone else.
Bright Side followed the evolution of the singer’s style and became very interested in the story behind it. Maybe you will find her story similar to yours. But at the very least, you will definitely learn a lot of new facts about this unusual singer’s personality.
Before 2006, Lady Gaga was known as Stefani Germanotta. Once she became really famous, she had an interview with a famous newspaper and explained that she was humiliated when she was a child. For example, she clearly remembers the day when her classmates literally threw her in a dumpster.
When Lady Gaga was in college, her “fans” made a community on a social media outlet that was called “Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous.” And now, if you look back at her life, it becomes clear that there are true emotions behind her very provocative image.
“The sentiment when I was first starting out was that I was too strange to be pop.”Lady Gaga in the interview for The Guardian
Before being popular, 2006
In 2006, the singer chose the stage name, Lady Gaga. It was inspired by Rob Fusari and the Queen music video for Radio Ga Ga. Lady Gaga sang in clubs and festivals. She also worked as a songwriter for many popular singers.
Back at the time, the stages she performed on were not very sophisticatedly designed, but they were pretty revealing which meant that she was very open and wanted to be different from other singers.
“I just remember feeling so irritated at the thought that I had to conform to being ‘normal,’ or less of whatever I was already born as. And so I took such radical enjoyment in expressing who I am in the most grandiose of ways.”Lady Gaga in the interview for Vogue
The Fame, 2008
In 2008, her first album, The Fame was released and it made her famous instantly. The songs “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” were the most popular songs during that time. That same year, Lady Gaga started her first big tour.
The singer’s tunes were also very catchy because of her original fashion style. She wore a lot of makeup, long white hair, fake eyelashes, bright accessories, a wide array of colors, and unusual clothes that were talked about by everyone. There were a lot of videos and manuals that emerged on the internet explaining how to recreate the singer’s hairstyles.
“It wasn’t until I put my music out in the world that I was able to look into myself and honor my own misfit and honor the reality of how I was treated when I was a kid, not by my family, but by peers in school, and how it affected me.”Lady Gaga in the interview for Rolling Stone
The Fame Monster, 2009
One year later, her mini album The Fame Monster was released. And it was about the other darker side of fame. Lady Gaga herself compared her 2 albums to yin and yang. She used her vision and emotions of what she had seen in the 2 years of her solo career and tour to create the songs.
Her dresses became even more provocative, weird, and strange. Remember how crazy her “meat dress” was? According to the singer, it represented her fight for human civil rights. In those years, Lady Gaga was famous as the Queen of Provocations and Mother Monster, and she let the whole world know that music and fashion were inseparable for her.
“For me, fashion and art and music have always been a form of armor. I just kept creating more and more fantasies to escape into, new skins to shed. And every time I shed a skin, it was like taking a shower when you’re dirty: getting rid of, washing off, shedding all of the bad, and becoming something new.”Lady Gaga in the interview for Vogue
Born This Way, 2011
In 2011, her next studio album was released called Born This Way. Her previous 2 albums were about fame and this one was about freedom, individuality, feminism, and religion. That same year, Lady Gaga was in the Guinness World Records.
The singer continued to do experiments and amaze the public with her appearance. Every appearance was an intriguing and surprising experience. All her new outfits and looks only supported the idea of being reborn which was discovered in the new album. Gaga even appeared in several events in her male alter-ego.
“If you were to ask me what I want to do, I don’t want to be a celebrity, I want to make a difference. I never wanted to look pretty on stage and sing about something we’ve all heard about before. I’d much rather write a song called Judas and talk about betrayal and forgiveness and feeling misunderstood, and talk to the fans and figure out what it is society needs. If I can be a leader, I will.”Lady Gaga in the interview for The Guardian
The album entitled Artpop released in 2013 was an absolute hit in the international charts. But critics gave very mixed reviews. Some people thought it was an underrated album because of the subjective attitude of the singer’s personality. And Lady Gaga herself is a true expression of her real feelings.
In her fashion style, she stays true to herself with the use of unusual prints, textures, and extravagant looks in all her clothes. But still, she manages to have elegance and femininity in her dresses.
“When you become famous or you become a star, there are all these other things that begin to happen, and you have to work the system — especially in the music industry today, which is so different. You’re dealing with this streaming war and it’s an absolute nightmare to witness as an artist because it’s not about music and it’s all about business — and that’s just not who I am at all. At the end of the day, who I really and truly am is a little girl who loved to play the piano.”Lady Gaga in the interview for NME
Cheek to Cheek, 2014
In 2014, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s jazz album Cheek to Cheek was released. Many critics found it warm and deep. The singer surprised the public with how well she could sing jazz songs.
Lady Gaga’s style changes a lot. She goes from being incredibly shocking to more elegant and memorable from look to look. The singer has even become the face of many fashion companies, such as H&M and Versace.
“I am not a brand. I have my unique existence, just as everyone else does, and at the end of the day, it’s our humanity that connects us—our bodies and our biology. That’s what breeds compassion and empathy, and those are the things that I care the most about. Kindness!”Lady Gaga in the interview for Vogue
Lady Gaga named her new studio album Joanne after her aunt who passed away at a young age due to a disease. Here, the singer mixes different styles and puts her singing first. This album tells us a lot about her family, parents, and relationships.
Lady Gaga’s style became even more concise at this time. It seems that this new simplicity made the singer more open to other people. And she didn’t need the “armor” that she used to need before. However, she still reminds the world that she is Lady Gaga when she wears her revealing and extravagant dresses.
“I am who I am because of my family and I carried a lot of shame for a long time about being rebellious. But what I’ve realized is that the toughness in me is something that comes from what came before me, and everything my family and their family before them went through.”Lady Gaga in the interview for NME
A Star Is Born, 2018
In 2018, the singer recorded a soundtrack for the film A Star Is Born which was the first movie directed by Bradley Cooper. The song became a big hit and a sort of metaphor for Lady Gaga’s path.
The singer’s dresses have become more and more beautiful. Her dresses and suits really fit her current image. She looks powerful, feminine, and subtle. And she is also very natural.
“None of the records I make are ever a deliberate construction — they’re always an expression of who I am at the time and where I am in my life.”Lady Gaga in the interview for NME
Since 2019, the singer has a gotten many awards for her role and for her song in A Star Is Born. And by the end of February, she had received 3 Grammies, 1 Golden Globe, 1 BAFTA, and 1 Oscar. This is a true triumph!
During her 12-year-long career, Lady Gaga has finally arrived at a place where she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. At this moment, she is a strong and successful woman who will not stop at what she has achieved. And the evolution of her image actually shows the internal fight a person can have with their own fears and emotions. In this situation, she won this fight.
“I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ’Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the cafe without hearing or seeing me.’ ”Lady Gaga in the interview for Cosmopolitan / MTV
During the 2019 Academy Awards, Lady Gaga appeared wearing a necklace with the famous Tiffany Diamond that is 12,854 carats and worth $23 million dollars. Before the singer, only 2 women wore jewelry with this diamond, the last of which was Audrey Hepburn. The famous company trusted Lady Gaga with this diamond which is just more proof that her style is appreciated by many people.
“Lady Gaga is the ultimate creator, innovator and rule breaker, and I’m thrilled that she will be wearing the legendary Tiffany Diamond on the awards show red carpet for the first time since it was discovered 141 years ago.”Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co’s artistic officer
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