Can you believe Lady Gaga on the cover of the January 2010 issue of Elle UK? She looks… dare I say… pretty. Normal-pretty, not like “Oh, I guess her headgear doesn’t clash with her dominatrix outfit too badly” pretty. Sure, Gaga is no great beauty, but she’s been trying to look a bit nicer… cleaner, really. In the interview excerpt from The Daily Mail, Gaga seems to be trying to put out a nicer image of herself too – she’s even talking about babies. Minivan majority, here she comes!
Without her usual bizarre outfit, outrageous make-up and eye-popping headgear, it’s hard to tell that this is Lady GaGa at all. With tumbling blonde curls and a sexy corset, the Bad Romance singer is virtually unrecognizable – in fact she looks more like a supermodel.
Only the tattoo on her left bicep gives the game away as Stefani Germanott graces the cover of the January edition of Elle magazine.
And to go with her fresh-faced image, the kooky 23-year-old was refreshingly normal in an interview, talking about her future, having children and old jobs waiting tables.
She said: ‘In eight to 10 years, I want to have babies for my Dad to hold, grandkids. And I want to have a husband who loves and supports me, just the way anyone else does. I would never leave my career for a man right now, and I would never follow a man around.’
Talking about being a waitress, she said: ‘I was really good at it. I always got big tips. I always wore heels to work! I told everybody stories, and for customers on dates, I kept it romantic. It’s kind of like performing.’
The star also revealed how stress affects her.
‘I get all the symptoms of a pregnant woman. I get headaches, I get tired, I get blurred vision sometimes during a really intense session with [her creative team] the Haus.’
She added: ‘My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough…The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.’
And she also explained why she fakes her own death on stage: ‘I feel that if I can show my demise artistically to the public, I can somehow cure my own legend. I can show you so you’re not looking for it. I’m dying for you on domestic television—here’s what it looks like, so no one has to wonder.’
[From The Daily Mail]
I totally agree about Gaga’s image, and I could see how the powers that be at any record label would try to make her image more like, say, Britney Spears – as if that worked so well the first time. Or the first hundred times. Sure, Gaga is derivative, with her music and with her shock-value costumes, videos and image. But… I do think she’s an heir to Madonna in a way that someone like Britney just isn’t. Britney was only Madonna’s heir because they made pop music and danced and made a lot of money. Gaga is Madge’s heir in a different way – in the image-focused “provocateur” way that Madonna used so well for the first decades of her career.
More photos of Lady Gaga for Elle are available on Elle.com.