Lady Gaga looks suspiciously normal, or is this just a “costume” too?


These are some new photos of Lady Gaga out and about in LA last night. She wore this understated dress to La Maison De Fashion. Doesn’t she look… normal? This has been happening much too frequently lately! For the past few weeks, Gaga actually goes outside wearing clothing that is somewhat demure and conservative (for her). What is she really wearing, in essence? A simple, kind of pretty black dress with an interesting pattern, some jewelry and a budget blonde wig. Doesn’t she remind you of someone? I’ll give you a hint – Gaga’s transformation into a normally-dressed blonde chick came around the same time that the Enquirer claimed Christina Aguilera thinks that Gaga stole her fans. Coincidence?!? But seriously, has Gaga run out of ideas? Is just tired of having to wear costumes every damn day? Maybe Gaga thinks this is a costume – because she’s such an amazing artist who lives, breathes and farts for art - this is her “normal” costume. Still, I think we should applaud her when she steps out looking this nice, honestly.

By the way, did you know that Gloria Steinem approves of Lady Gaga? Ms. Steinem has a new HBO documentary series, and she’s been doing interviews to promote the gig. So, she’s fielded a lot of questions about the current crop of celebrity women. Gloria said the Kardashian women “are not empowering other women, but there’s no point in blaming the people who take advantage of the system without changing the system. Imagine if this were a family of boys. If men were rewarded for the same things, they would be doing it too.” But Gloria thinks Gaga is just fine: “I think she speaks for outsiders and she champions being yourself no matter what. It seems positive to me.” Personally, I don’t think the Kardashians or Gaga are particularly good role models for women, but maybe that’s just me. Whenever I see Gaga now, I always think about Courtney Love’s surprisingly cognizant and lucid analysis of her:

“She may be doing fine at the moment, but I’m worried about her future. She’s very young, and she’s very talented, but she doesn’t seem to have any female friends. Or any straight guy friends for that matter. Instead, she surrounds herself with this coterie of gay stylists and advisors who’ve turned her into this weird, sexless Barbie doll. I was raised by gay guys myself, and I turned out all right in the end. But you know, you can only pull off this meat-dress act for so long. If she doesn’t watch out she’ll turn into a lonely drag queen. Straight guys just aren’t in to that kind of thing. “

[Courtney Love on Lady Gaga]






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  1. Schnauzers!!! says:

    She is a very pretty girl. I like her better like this.

    Not sure if it’s a wig she has on? The hairline is interesting if it is.

  2. Cherry says:

    Actually, I think Gloria Steinem has a good point here considering both Gaga and the Kardashians. She doesn’t label any of them ‘particularly good role models for women’, so there’s no point in being critical about that. I don’t think anybody would consider these women role models- at least not for women empowerment. But who is, nowadays?

    Her analysis of the Kardashian famewhoring is spot on. ‘there’s no point in blaming the people who take advantage of the system without changing the system. Imagine if this were a family of boys. If men were rewarded for the same things, they would be doing it too.’ EXACTLY. Kim Kardashian is famous for nothing but having big boobs & a big ass an showing it off. Say about that what you will, but the fact that she CAN be famous for just that, is not her fault. That’s just the world we live in.

  3. gee says:

    She looks AMAZING. She should be like this all the time, she doesnt need the gimmicks.

    I hope this isn;t a gimmick too.

  4. WillyNilly says:

    Damn, she is really losing hair on the left side. Look at photo #2. Maybe it’s just the lighting?

  5. Eleonor says:

    She also looks a bit tanned, this is the best I’ve seen her in ages, maybe she has changed stylist (the dress, the earrings are Versace?), or she is sober.

  6. Katyusha says:

    She has really pretty lips.

  7. hello says:

    OK guys, I work in entertainment and I’ve witnessed Gaga firsthand, preparing for a performance, at length, and it irritates me when people say she is obviously drug addicted. Because she isn’t. Obviously, at least. I spent a couple of days in a row observing Gaga rehearse and she acts very normal, very non-diva, very focused on her work. And this was when the Celebitchy “she’s so coked out” talk started happening. That stuff is part of the act. I never paid her much mind one way or another, but after being around her I gained serious respect for just how divorced her “persona” is from the gal underneath. Just offering another perspective… the “sober?” at the end of this is so presumptive.

  8. Gabrielle says:

    I would think it was cool if she always wore her costumes and then suddenly one day, came to a big red carpet event dressed really pretty and conservative and natural, like Taylor Swift. Everyone would be surprised. But now she just seems like she’s slowly transitioning. Wearing those costumse all the time looks exhausting.

  9. Ari says:

    Isn’t she bi? So Courtney Love can go suck it with her “straight guys aren’t in that kind of thing” I am sure Gaga can find some nice girl to settle with if she so chose. (or dude for that matter tbh plenty of men who love a lot of makeup on a gal lol) I have no idea why I am even defending her right now LOL

  10. Skyler says:

    Sorry but she is one ugly woman.No matter what she is wearing. And these ’90 versace clothes are more ridicules than her everyday halloween costumes. I’m not mean it’s truth.

  11. kimmy says:

    I think Kim K is an obnoxious twit, BUT…I do have to give the girl credit for spinning a sex tape scandal into a multi, multi million dollar success. Its not her fault people keep PAYING to see her/her family be fame-whoring morons.

    Gaga looks really fab. I’ve read multiple accounts of how professional she is during shows and appearances. Supposedly she treats everyone really well and takes a ton of time out for fans and for answering questions.

  12. Ana says:

    A tribute to Donatella Versace for allowing her to scour the Versace archives?

  13. Lady D says:

    “Lady Gaga looks suspiciously normal.” Gaga and normal in the same sentence?
    Holy oxymoron Batman.

  14. Corina says:

    She looks like a sober version of Linnocent

  15. jover says:

    Agree cherry, and I’ve read the opposite kimmy so go figure – the bottom line is she and her management team and co-writers produce mediocre rehashed dance music, the lyrics to most of her songs are pointless stringing together of syllables, as dethhammer and others have pointed out, she uses backing tracks and lip synchs too; by today’s low pop standards she’s okay, but if she were in the 60s and 70s she would get blown off the stage by the legendary rock, soul, motown bands and guitar gods of that era. THat’s not an unfair or irrelevant comparison – in sports we compare today’s stars to hall of famers, the same can be done in music; one reason some don’t like this is that they don’t want to admit how bad much of today’s music, and the live musicianship, really is. If you don’t think, for example, so go on youtube and watch tina turner from the early 70s do Proud mary. Tina obliterates little miss xerox with a straight up live no frills rendition.

  16. Atticus says:

    @hello – that’s good to hear. I was starting to waver in my respect for her, thinking she takes herself way too seriously now and is more about the show and the attention than she was about her art. Good to hear she really is dedicated to her work and that is still at the heart of it.

    Maybe she is transitioning, and growing and evolving. I’m a big Liz Phair fan and she got a lot of grief from some of her “diehard” fans who wanted her to always be indie. Well Liz went through a divorce and had different things to write about, grew as an artist and that meant a change in her style. If you are being authentic, your fans will pick up on that and go through those changes with you rather than write you off and want to keep you in the same box you started off in.

  17. guilty pleasures says:

    She looks beautiful!!
    She’s not ugly, as Skyler asserts, she is more attractive than I ever noticed in her costumes.
    She seems like a hard working artist, with talent, but who catapulted her career with a gimmick she no longer needs.
    Go Gaga, keep being whomever you wish to be!

  18. 4Real says:

    ITA Atticus – Waaay too seriously.

    She looks good here so keep it up Caca!

  19. That's Interesting says:

    I’m old enough to have lived through the Madonna years, so I can’t tell you how much this completely unoriginal woman bores me to effin’ tears. The clothes, the religion thing, the “I’m down with the gays” mantra. Seriously Gaga, branch out from Madonna, just a teensy tiny bit, will ya?

  20. Darlene says:

    @WillyNilly – yes, I noticed that too. :( It’s really thinning and obvious. Poor girl.

  21. ladybert62 says:

    This at least seems somewhat normal even though I think the dress, hair and tattoos are ugly. She seems to be progressing from her clown self to being a somewhat normal female self – keep it up GaGa! I give you a B for effort and a C for effect.

  22. Denise says:

    Cannot believe this; she looks pretty good cleaned up.

  23. Kim says:

    Besides Katy Perry this girl is the biggest sell out. I knew once she gained fame via her gimic act, she would have cosmetic surgery, go blond and start wearing Real Housewives type clothes. Such a sell out!

    Thats interesting – your comment is so true. I guess us oldies =) have been there done that & werent buying Lady Gagas plagorized Madonna act.

  24. fizXgirl314 says:

    wtf? Your entire life doesn’t have to be lived according to what straight guys like. Maybe Miss Love should go snort some more coke and act like a dumbass because apparently that’s what straight guys like :-/

  25. Jaybird says:

    Anyone else think she kinda looks like a real housewife?

  26. ejv says:

    If you watch GagaVision on Youtube you see she has many female friends and is actually somewhat normal…Courtney love,jealous much?

  27. Maritza says:

    She actually looks pretty, she should leave the costume outfits for her shows only. There is no need for her to dress ridiculous all the time.

  28. anne_000 says:

    i’m glad gaga isnt so hung up on image & ego that she thinks she has to keep up her over-the-top styling. she looks good in the photos. i like the cuff too. i wonder if it was custom-made to match the pattern on the dress.

  29. Cleo says:

    I hope she does dress up like Adele Bloch in the Klimt portrait. That would be fun to see and a great look for her.

  30. jover says:

    26# this chick was a sell out from the start – all her corporate endorsements, product tie-ins, marketing etc. the “music” was just a means to cash in big time her, her various labels, and all the people on the gravy train. THe music is an adjunct to the marketing and selling.

  31. corey says:

    I really like the tone of her skin with the black.(weird thing to comment I know) She was actually really pretty looking in some of her earlier videos (ex:eh, Eh)and performances. I’m bored of the extreme outfits,here’s hoping that she is too.

  32. Leni says:

    People keep comparing her to Madonna? So does that mean Madonna was really trying to be Grace Jones? Wake up people!!! This is not an original idea-it has been around since drag queens-but unlike madonna, Gaga can actually sing w/o machines to pump up her voice. I respect Madonna but her time is over. Long live Gaga who at least does not look like a starved turkey. Till the next one…

  33. dahlia19147 says:

    Wow she looks really nice! I love her makeup and everything! Much better looking girl!

  34. Meadowlark says:

    Kinda caught off guard by her great skin..?

  35. Amanda G says:

    Wow, she looks amazing. I know this won’t happen, but I hope she stays with this look. She HAS to know that her crazy/ugly outfits are hurting her career. People found her fun and interesting at first, but now it’s turned to eye rolling and hate.

  36. DethHammer says:

    So Gaga wears a normal dress and heels, and all of a sudden people on here have “mad respect”f or her? News flash, she and her image are part of the corporation-crafted consumerist, fake counter-culture machine that tells people what rebellion(TM) should look like; that’s true whether she’s running around in sweats, a normal dress or slabs of bacon. She will always be saying: “buy into my image and buy my merchandise and be a unique individual just like everyone else” She isn’t the first and not the last to do this.

    @hello Just because you saw Gaga for a few days does not mean she doesn’t do drugs. High functioning addicts often DON’T do drugs every day.

    @Jover yup, Gaga is laughing all the way to the bank with her fake, trademarked and licensed “rebellion” and she loves it when the Sheeple eat it up.

  37. DethHammer says:

    Now that I’ve laid the smack down, I will say something nice- Gaga looks SO much better with a little tan. Some people look good pale; Gaga doesn’t. The tan looks great on her.

  38. lcrime says:

    I am voting Xtina rip off…. in progress. Xtina is working on new material and sported a toned down look for her new song with maroon 5 on the voice.(new music video on those Red bottoms are straight from xtinas closet. We will be seeing more toned down lady like from both xtina and Gaga I am sure.

  39. mamking says:

    @DethHammer: you obviously don’t know any real addicts. They do not, cannot function at her level of physical performance. You actually made me laugh.

  40. DethHammer says:

    @mamking that’s why athletes, dancers, doctors, nurses, politicians and CEOs are never addicts as well LOL ok. Hell, even Amy Winehouse was still performing a month until she died. People who are addicts come from all walks of life and function at different levels. I am friends with addicts, many of whom own their own businesses and are on their feet for at least 12 hours a day and do either hard labor or have intense, high powered jobs.

  41. Venefica Delirium says:

    I think she’s sparing us until the VMAs when she’ll probably whip her taint out again.

  42. Adrien says:

    # 28 Yesss. She looks nice but she also looks like a Real Housewife. Not sure if that was a compliment.

  43. MourningTheDeathofMusic says:

    I must be one of the only few on the planet that thinks the Louboutin red sole looks wrong with any outfit that has color on it not coordinating.

    The only time I think those red soles are acceptable is when the rest of the outfit is neutral tones or monochromatic and the red is the little splash of color added.

  44. mamking says:

    DethHammer: I suppose I equate being an “addict” as an inability to function without said drug. There are plenty of people who use/abuse drugs that I wouldn’t call addicts per say. Maybe I just know too many people with too many problems (heroin=homelessness, gambling=stealing your daughters college fund).

  45. Skinnybetch says:

    @ hello: observing her from your concert seat does not = working in entertainment. So stop pretending to be an expert for attention. Also, why is it so important for her to have female friends? Gay men make wonderful friends in my eyes.

  46. Mi says:

    The only thing that pops to mind when I see these pictures is Donatella Versace!

  47. ADS says:

    It’s gotta be a GAGA double. Didn’t think it was possible she could look this good. She has been so busy trying to make a herself look like a freak show, that she was hiding a nice face. If she could stop with the fame whoring, she’d be way more likable.

  48. DetRiotgirl says:

    @DethHammer But, wasn’t Amy Winehouse also an incoherent mess on stage who frequently forgot the words to her own songs and/or left the stage early for no apparent reason? I might be wrong about this, but I seem to remember a lot of audience outrage at her crack antics towards the end. Didn’t they also cancel a bunch of her shows because of negative audience feedback? I’m just saying, pointing Amy Winehouse out as an example of “functioning addict” doesn’t really work for me.

    Personally, I don’t think Gaga is a drug addict. I think she’s greatly exagerated her past drug use too. Why? Because doing drugs fits into this manufactured image she’s created in her head of what a “real artist” from New York City should be. With Gaga, I always get the sense that she sat down one day and wrote a list of everything an iconic rock star needs to be, and then just proceeded to make up a back story that fit.

    I would guess the list looked something like this:

    1. Troubled/outcasted childhood. Check

    2. Strong stance on a hot button issue. In her case, bullying/gay rights. Check

    3. Questionable drug use. Check

    4. Dressing in next to nothing in the name of feminine liberation. Check

    5. Live a year alone in a tiny, roach filled apartment in New York City. Check

    6. Be skinny and blonde. Check

    7. Have a gimmick. Check

    I mean, I’m sure the list goes on. But, you get the idea.

    Anyway, yes, she looks better than usual here in her Donatella Versace costume. So, I guess props for that.

  49. crtb says:

    She actually looks nice for a change. I’m so sick and tired of all of the halloween costumes. Fun in the beginning. It has become boring.

  50. trh says:

    The LGG-haters crack me up. Of course there’s nothing especially original about her music. Even her costumes, while remarkable, borrow extensively from pop culture. Why does no one mention how much she copies Dale Bozio of Missing Persons? She doesn’t exactly hide it. Madonna was/is as unoriginal as anyone else making pop music, but she’s still very entertaining.

    Some lip sync’ing is to be expected in a production that involves a lot of complex and demanding choreography. Lady Ga Ga works hard and delivers consistently both in the studio and on stage. She has never made her influences a secret. For a little background, check out the rock blog by LGG’s former DJ, Lady Starlight, the woman who made going pants-less fashionable. There’s no pretense of originality going on here. LGG loves her pop & rock music and she embraces her influences, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS.

    I am one of those people of a certain age who misses the good old days in the late sixties and seventies when rock ‘n roll was going through its explosion of novelty; however, in any civilization there will be an explosion of creativity that must inevitably peak, followed by a downward trend of derivative work. But it is impossible for anyone composing in a twelve-tone scale after 2300 years of tradition & idiom to be truly original.

    Even the most original geniuses of Western music in this century (thinking of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, et al) were strongly influenced by their predecessors, and they made no claim of being absolutely original. And sure, in today’s popular music, we have no one like Tina Turner, Elvis, or Michael Jackson… but none of these last few is a musical genius per se so much as a colossal performer with singular, inimitable stage presence.

    As a side note, I miss the days when Joni Mitchell was considered “pop”. Hmmm so maybe a pop star can be a musical genius too…

    Oh and I think Lady Ga Ga looks very nice. Sell-out? Of course she is. Drug addict? Possibly. Drug user? Certainly. Can drug addicts perform at a very high level? HAHAHAHAHA OF COURSE THEY CAN. See previous list of musical geniuses. (However, Frank Zappa only smoked cigarettes.)

  51. Venefica Delirium says:

    @TRH: The Dale Bozzio controversy was very promminent toward the beginning of Gaga’s career. Alright, so Madonna wasn’t original, and your point is…? Because Madonna wasn’t original it’s somehow more noble for Lady Gag to blatantly rip her off, as well as the artists Madonna ripped off?

    Lady Gaga’s fans seem to have blinders on when it comes to Lady Gaga placing all of this responsibility ON HERSELF for being original, by patting herself on the back in interviews for being oh so unique. When you make such bold claims about yourself, especially being famous for only a brief period of time, you better be able to back them up. Gaga has only proven herself to forge not only other artists’ costume ideas, but other artists’ sounds and yet she grants herself credit for all of it rather than humbly citing those artists as inspiration. She’s the one whose head is too far up her own ass to admit that other artists influenced her, and no, emerging out of the woodwork after an artist (Amy Winehouse) has died to make it all about herself doesn’t count.

    It doesn’t take a Gaga fan to remember what she said and understand why she’s full of shit.

    Also, if Gaga was halfway sincere about her “art”, she’d embrace its intrinsic value than monetary value but instead Gaga conformed to the manufactured, corporate machine which she so hates. She cares more about publicity, spectacle, fame, and money more than her art, and to me that isn’t respectable. That makes her a hypocrite. How can she be expected to forefront a platform on social reform, such as LGBT rights, and be taken seriously, when she continuously reneges on her own principles?

    At least Britney Spears and Katy Perry aren’t claiming to be something that they’re not. I have more respect for bald, crotch-flashing Britney Spears armed with an umbrella than I will ever have respect for Lady Gaga.

    @Detriot Girl: Right on. She’s a formula of recycled standards of what comprises of an “artist” in the face of popular culture. I wonder how long before she changes her religion or experiences a drug-induced close encounter with death?

    @DethHammer: Corporate crafted counterculture, indeed. You couldn’t have said it better! Can I use that phrase? I promise I won’t pull a Gaga and steal credit for it! ;)

  52. jover says:

    Agree fully veneficadelirium and detroitriotgirl.: I would add a few points:
    Gaggles stated that she was the best singer/songwriter of her generation and that BTW would be the album of the decade. Both are laughably false and no one to my knowledge has called her on it the faux adulation she treated with in interviews and on talk shows is out of all proportion to her value as an “artist”.
    Second, she just isn’t all that bright well-educated or widely experienced if you read her real bio. She comes across somewhat childish with a I-can’t-believe-everyones-paying-attention to me, and she knows next to nothing about music or art history. After all, she apparently never heard of Andy Warhol until about four yrs. ago. excuse me, andy warhol, nyc, and the mattress factory. In this she’s keeping with most pop stars in mostly being absorbed in her own little world.
    THird, the “political” opinions of pop stars are irrelevant – I’m sure much of this was market and demographic tested to sell her product, because there’s no evidence she had these views before she became famous. Everyone on this site knows that most celebutards aren’t that bright and have pr/management teams/handlers hooking them up to various causes to give the appearance of gravitas. ALthough there are some exceptions, gaggles isn’t one of them.
    Yes, trh the artists you cited all borrowed and were honest, but at least jimi for example came up with original songs (think Voodoo Child) that sound like nothing else and are played by musicians everywhere 41 yrs after his death. I seriously doubt anyone will be playing gaggles 41 yrs. hence.
    What pisses people off is that this empress has no clothes but she’s being shoved down our throats by her corporate minders to cash in as much as possible before we realize there’s no there there and we move on to the next popstar.

  53. chris says:

    I just think she is growing up. It happens.

  54. MissVJJ says:

    Wow.. I actually like her dress, cuff, shoes, and makeup. CaCa has shocked me..