Lady Gaga is Strawberry Shortcake on Flare Mag

Oh, Gaga. What are we going to do with her? This Lady Gaga on the cover of December’s Flare Magazine. The cover shot was taken by Max Abadian. Well… it’s not as bad as many of Lady Gaga’s previous magazine covers – like that bubbly Rolling Stone cover or that simply gross, what’s-that-on-her-face Out cover. Considering those, Strawberry Shortcake is definitely a step up. But that iconic pink-haired doll was my first reference point. My second reference point? Britney Spears’ pink wig of doom. In any case, Flare hasn’t released the full interview, but here are a few excerpts:

Training for the Monster Ball, her tour:
“I’ve been training for two hours a day to get ready for this. I sing on the treadmill! I do cardio and weights on top of my rehearsals. I want to get my whole body in prime condition so I can carry the show.”

On what the world of la mode did for her:
“Fashion saved my life. It was complete liberation… it made me feel powerful, ambitious and much more resilient.”

On her version of beauty:
“We all need an image that screams, ‘I’m an individual!’ I think Jennifer Aniston is beautiful — she’s gorgeous — but I prefer to look interesting rather than pretty.”

[From Flare Magazine via Oh No They Didn‘t]

I actually have to give Gaga some begrudging credit. I was getting tired of all of the pop star ladies being so f-cking safe with their fashion/styling choices. It’s nice to see some diversity, at least as far as what is considered “interesting” to look at. While I don’t consider Gaga to be a beauty, I respect that she’s not really trying to be “beautiful”. She’s not a cookie-cutter, trying-to-be-sexy pop star. She’s trying to be fabulous. And she succeeds most of the time.

Images via CoverAwards


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  1. princess pea says:

    “Fashion saved my life.”

    Fashion, I will never forgive you for this. You’re on notice. I am so disappointed in you, Fashion. Damn.

  2. Icecat says:

    More like Stawberry Quik gone really, really wrong….

    I’m over her already – but I do get it, I do get why people love her, and I respect that…It’s just not my cup of tea. Even if I did listen to the radio, I dont think I would be into Gaga…

  3. Firestarter says:

    LOL@Princess Pea

  4. AC says:

    Why do people hate on her. I don’t get it.

    Singing on the tredmil. Her endurance must be insane. But it goes to show she wants to do her shit live as much as possible and is actually putting in an insane amount of effort into her live show besides just looking cute and silly *giggle*.

    I don’t love all of her songs but I love her.

  5. Lenore says:

    “It’s nice to see some diversity, at least as far as what is considered “interesting” to look at. While I don’t consider Gaga to be a beauty, I respect that she’s not really trying to be “beautiful”. She’s not a cookie-cutter, trying-to-be-sexy pop star.”

    Agreed – whatever you think of her style or her music or whether she’s hot or not, it’s just so damn refreshing to have a pop star or actress who isn’t beholden to her stylist, getting the same weave and fake tan as everyone else, wearing the same clothes and striking the same pose on the red carpet, all trying to find elbow room in the same Hot Chick niche.

    You can call GaGa a fake, a poseur, a waste of space, whatever, but I’d rather have her brand of batsh*t-crazy defiantly unpretty “fashion” than all the tanorexic Rachel-Zoe’d pop tarts in the world.

  6. Jessica says:

    Yeah, I dont get why people dont like her either.. she is okay in my book..

  7. maddie says:

    I guess she wants to be known for her freaky fashion picks than her music.

    I sick of her wearing her just a spandex top with tights and boots, with crazy colored wigs and hats.

    I do like her music but sick and tired of her off the wall crazy outfits and wigs.

  8. Jill says:

    She’s akward, fashionist and considers herself the new pop diva. I have so much fun with her!

  9. Trillion says:

    She’s a bit Liza Minelli meets Mary Quant here, n’est-ce pas? She also looks a bit like Maya, which I’ve never noticed before. Singing on a treadmill. Hardcore! Try that Shitney. The more I know about
    Gaga the more I’m converted. But Anniston “gorgeous”? I’ll accept “healthy”, “well-put-together”, “sleek” but not gorgeous.

  10. Harmony says:

    i find that cover really appealing actually. Her fashion may be very silly to walk around in but it photographs beautifully!

  11. Novaraen says:

    I like her…crazy broad that she is.

    Her music is pretty darn catchy too…

  12. Karen says:

    @Trillion – I agree! Without knowing anything about her, I disliked her simply because Michael K at DListed hated her. I never cared for her music until the top 4 of SYTYCD performed “BoysBoysBoys” and it made me fall for the song. Then I caught her performances on both the VMA’s and SNL and now I’m a fan. She’s out there but she works damn hard and I give her props for it.

  13. Ana says:

    I really like her eye makeup. I would like to do that for Halloween but I’m not talented enough.

  14. Vermithrax says:

    She was SO cute before she became this Gaga thing. Shame.

  15. sg says:

    britney’s pink wig of doom – hilarious! I think lady gaga needs to have more and better songs or she looks like someone who is just focused on looks and fashion. Although I like ‘paparazzi’ she needs more songs like that.

  16. omondieu says:

    Cheers to Kaiser and Lenore! I agree completely.

  17. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    @princess pea – you gave me the giggles!

    This gaga thing is such an odd young man – but like Ana said, absolutely fantastic eye makeup. I’d love to be able to do mine like that but I’d just end up looking like a panda in a bad mood.

  18. C-DUB says:

    At least Lady Ga Ga is going to give you a show. Sometimes her vocals might be a little choppy but it’s because she is actually singing (with no back up track) and dancing (in heels). I liked her when I first saw her perform on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Her SNL performance with her sitting at the piano in that ridiculous outfit was awesome! I’m going to see her in Chicago and the tickets haven’t even gone on sale yet but Friday night’s show is already sold out. Like her or not, the girl is doing the damn thing.

  19. Katyusha says:


    I’ll do it!

  20. Sumodo1 says:

    @DUB, yes, the gyroscope was ridiculous, but when she “Billy Joel-ed” it up, singing about New York and Saturday Night Live, that’s TALENT!

  21. andrea says:

    oh, please, you can be interesting and non-cookie-cutter without looking like you’re on a bad acid trip. she is not going for fabulous, she’s going for shock value. BIG difference. i seriously think this girl has major issues and cannot wait for her 15 minutes to flare out. blech.

  22. hurl says:

    Oh… this THING!


  23. valerie says:

    lady gaga is fabulous!!

  24. Trillion says:

    Katyusha – you’re a make-up artist? That’d be my dream job, but only if I could go straight to the top without any of the slogging my way there. I’m lazy when it comes to my fantasies. Which is why they remain fantasies.

  25. jayem says:

    Usually I think she’s weird-looking, but she looks really pretty here.

    She won me over with the VMA performance too. I like that song anyway, and she killed it. It was definitely performance art.

  26. scotchy says:

    Most professional singers before touring sing on treadmills.
    This isn’t that amazing its just doing your job, part of which happens to be keeping your instrument in shape. Unlike pop stars, actual musicians don’t have backing vocal tracks to fall back on, so this is done in vain as a way of trying to convince people that she is an actual musician.
    I don’t have a personal opinion on her, but I do think her music is terrible and shouldn’t even be called music. It is part of the reason why music has become an endangered species.
    Psst, any of you that think she doesn’t have a backing track clearly don’t work in the business. She isn’t making any sort of acoustic based sounds, and with the actual concert set up, backing tracks are automatically part of the sound board and are therefore used.
    I too wish for this terrible musical period to just end already.

  27. notsoanonymous says:

    I was very “meh” regarding her also until the VMAs. I think she killed it in a way we haven’t seen a pop star in a very long time. She has serious pipes and endurance. Love her and all her ‘fame’

  28. mollination says:

    At least she’s interesting. She doesn’t sound completely clueless or meganfoxish when she gives an interview either.

    I’ll take a gaga over a reality wad any day.