Lady Gaga’s male alter ego Jo Calderone is a Depression era mechanic


A few months ago, Perez Hilton released some exclusive images of Lady Gaga dressed up like a very Bob Dylan-esque dude. It was all for a photo shoot for Vogue Hommes Japan. Gaga even gave her male alter-ego a name: Jo Calderone… which sounds like a sandwich, in my opinion. Anyway, the Nicola Formichetti blog just released the Vogue Hommes cover, plus a short interview with “Jo”. Jo sounds like a perfect gentleman, actually. He also sounds like he comes from Depression-era Kansas.


Palermo, Sicily

Mechanic for my dad’s business. This is the first time I’ve had my picture taken.

Well, I always helped my dad at work, since I was a kid. I thought it would be fun to have my picture taken.

I’d love to own my own car shop, I have a bunch of my own ‘muscle’ cars. Maybe if I take some more pictures I can afford it.

I met her at a shoot Nick Knight was doing. She’s f-ckin beautiful, and funny, and interesting. I was a little nervous for Nick to start shooting. She said, “Don’t be baby, you were “born this way.” I took her out after. The rest is private 😉

[Vogue Hommes Japan interview, conducted by Jo-Ann Furniss, via Nicola Formichetti’s blog]

Is it okay if Lady Gaga comes back now? I don’t really have anything against Jo, nor do I have an opinion in general about Depression-era Bob-Dylan-styled mechanics who refuse to kiss-and-tell and have never had their picture taken. Jo seems like a lovely young man. But I prefer Gaga. The real Gaga. With the tuck.



Vogue Hommes Japan images courtesy of Nicola Formichetti’s blog, plus additional images courtesy of Perez Hilton‘s Twitter.

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  1. fizXgirl3114 says:

    wtf? she won’t go away no matter how hard I wish will she? :-/

  2. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I love Gaga and Jo. That interview was totally darling and sweet. How fu*king awesome is Lady Gaga? Oh man even her alters are hawt. The woman is just plain awesome.

    P.S In her Telephone video she proves she is all woman. LOL

  3. gee says:

    She’s better looking as a man. Still, she is a weird girl.

  4. GrnMtGirl says:


    Is one personality not enough for her?

  5. Bea says:

    Dear Lady Gaga,

    You might be too young to remember Garth Brooks, but I think Mr Brooks could school you in a lesson I like to call “Sometimes Creating An Alter Ego Will Kill Your Music Career, aka Let’s Just Forget All About Chris Gaines. Okay?”

    Hugs & Kisses & Unicorn Poop,

  6. Sarah says:

    She does look better as a man.

  7. Me says:

    She makes me cringe. She’s a self-important twat.

  8. Delta Juliet says:

    I don’t get it? WTF is she creating more alter egos? Isn’t the other one big enough?

  9. Hannah says:

    man, she needs to go away for a while. she is way overexposed, and it takes away from everything she does. it has made everything she does completly not shocking or even interesting, just annoying and contrived. if she would just give the whole, “life is performance art” thing a break, it would be more impactful when she did these things. Its like music, being the busiest and loudest doesn’t mean being the best, the moments of silence in a song can be and often are the actual peak of the song, providing variety and arch. she is just always on. she may be talented, but she is overshadowing it with teenage-styled antics disguised as art.

    if it were halloween everyday, wouldn’t that make it less fun?

  10. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    LOL Bea oh man thats sooo funny. VH1 did this crazy special and they said it was such a bad career move for him. It must have been. I think Jo is just for this magazine though. I don’t think he will be releasing a album. I mean I am sure it would be badass. I also kinda thought Garth was hawt as Chris Gaines with the dark hair and the goatee.

  11. Sumodo1 says:

    Gaga needs to go on vacation for awhile. How can you “miss” somebody if they don;t go away?

  12. whatever says:

    love angelia…i cant pin point what u are…male, bisexual female…just asken..

  13. di butler says:

    Aproaching “Jump the shark” status in 5-4-3-…..

  14. Annicka says:

    I prefer Jo. Gaga is annoying but Jo is awkwardly adorable. I wouldn’t mind if she put Lady Gaga away entirely and just became Jo Calderone.

  15. bizzy says:

    i always find her just really interesting to look at. she *can* look lovely, but it’s not about that. she’s just visually interesting, even when she’s styled in a way i’ve seen a million times before. it’s like i’m always on the verge of recognizing her as someone i actually know.

  16. Taurus says:

    I love these pics. Although Gaga can be gimicky, at least she’s not cookie cutter. And to top it off,she is really talented. Still would love to see her without her costume.

  17. Jeri says:

    Remember when Garth Brooks did the rockstar thing, gave his character a name & issued an album. Big flop.

    GaGa is just copying other performers now. Not so much Garth, many others have posed as the opposite sex.

  18. Cam says:

    She’s amazing, the first time I saw these pictures I was like WTF? then I read the interview and ended up admiring her even more, she’s just awesome.

  19. Sarah says:

    @Annicka: I like Jo better too. Also, it’s a lot easier to dress up as Jo than as Lady Gaga. Less maintenance – Gaga must need a break once in a while.

  20. jr says:

    with her “The Girlie show” Madonna did the whole girl/guy thing….already been done by the best!

    she is still copying……

  21. Kate says:

    … “with the tuck.”


    If RuPaul’s Drag Race has taught me anything it is that you MUST have a good tuck. And Gaga does.

  22. meme says:

    i thought that was amy whinehouse.

  23. lrm says:

    Personally, I think she is probably bi-polar or MPD. Just sayin’.
    Somethings not right in the milk.
    Though she delivers the ‘right things to say’ in interviews…
    The speculation that she was mind programmed MLK….that fits for me, too.
    Designed to sway and distract the masses.
    IMHO, of course.

  24. Delta Juliet says:

    How can you “interview” a made up personality? I mean, where did she/he come up with these answers? It’s ridiculous.

  25. Karen says:

    Does anyone else think Lady Gaga in drag looks like 60’s era Bob Dylan?

  26. Zoe says:

    I don’t know why everyone in here is so threatened by a woman dressing as a man. It’s for fun and it’s 2010. Get over it.

  27. Renee says:

    The Chris Gaines reference almost made me choke, lol
    He was rocking some serious myspace angles.

  28. meme says:

    @Zoe, I can only speak for myself, but I certainly do not feel threatened by Lady Caca whether she be dressed like a lady fool or a man. She’s a gimmick.

  29. Girl says:

    @Bea: Yes! I was just thinking this was some Chris Gaines bullshit.

  30. MK-fun says:

    Hm. Sounds like someone’s disassociating…

    …wonder how many of her (trauma induced?) personalities will come out, before the world gets bored and she’s relegated to 2nd Madonna status.

  31. original kate says:

    two personalities and still as interesting as a stump.

  32. Heaven-bound says:

    Hi Irm– I was thinking the exact same thing, MK-Ultra programming. Actually I think that Gaga is really a man … just dresses up in drag.

  33. RHONYC says:

    she looks like the cute gay boys i was always falling for in high school.


  34. wunderkindt says:

    If GaGa is to develop ‘Jo’, she needs to give his character a much more complex personality. Right now, he’s too simple to believe even if he’s from the Depression era.

  35. EMV says:

    This is just bad…

  36. Jeri says:


    Sorry, I missed your Garth Brooks reference. Guess we know she’s channeling others.

  37. Doctor Remulak says:

    It’s a clever little marketing ploy designed to appeal to her massive gay fan base. It’s really stupid, too.

  38. DetRiotgirl says:

    ITA with all the Garth Brooks comments. Lol, Chris Gaines was such a disaster.

    @Zoe I don’t think anyone is threatened by her. She’s not doing anything revolutionary. She’s just pulling another costume out of her ever expanding line up of distractions from her mediocre music.

    Speaking of her music… Yeah, she makes music. I forget most of the time too. I was at an event this summer with a DJ, and he played a mash up of Alejandro and Don’t Turn Around by Ace of Base. I don’t think anyone else was paying attention by that point in the day. But, I got the joke.

  39. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    Ziggy Stardust, anyone?

    I am amazed at how the young gays idolize and worship Gaga. She makes them feel empowered and special. So, good for them. My generation had Ani DeFranco for that. She does nothing for me, but I’m old and married.

  40. Dizzybenny says:

    I wonder if Jo also does cocaine??

  41. eternalcanadian says:

    Ooh, that’s cool! She was in Vancouver and did an amazing show. Go Lady GaGa! 🙂

  42. Jackie says:

    She may only be doing this as a “side project”, but even in this, her eagerness to be recognized and celebrated reeks through.

    Listen, I dont care for her one way or the other, but when she is being compared to Garth Brooks, and tries as hard as Miley Cirus for attention, its bound to be annoying and people will call her out.

  43. ViktoryGin says:

    @ Those who are complaining because she’s overexposed….she shot this for the Japanese market. First, androgyny tends to work more effectively there. Second, it wasn’t released Stateside likely because she would have invited the kind of response that she seems to be getting on this thread. It wasn’t meant to saturate the American market.

    Furthermore, I agree with the poster who said that she looks like Amy Winehouse.

    I also think that she does, indeed, look better as a man. I’m kind of finding myself attracted to shim. (Ducks and runs.)

  44. sopha says:

    WTF GTFO! seriously. what an attention whore…is this her way of confronting the idea that she is a man…because if anything she’s making herself be immediately seen as a man.
    how stupid.

  45. AVI says:

    Love ya Gaga, but ya don’t have the arm muscle to pull of the mechanic look.

    Having written that, I just realized who does have the arm muscle to pull off the look… long before we see Madonna in some such spread….after all imitation is reciprocal.

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