Lady Gaga: ‘My definition of beauty goes against the grain’

Lady Gaga hopes her “against the grain” looks encourage fans to embrace their uniqueness rather than aim for physical perfection. The Bad Romance singer is known for wearing wacky, experimental outfits that grab headlines. Accordingly, Gaga has now op…

Lady Gaga hopes her “against the grain” looks encourage fans to embrace their uniqueness rather than aim for physical perfection.

The Bad Romance singer is known for wearing wacky, experimental outfits that grab headlines. Accordingly, Gaga has now opened up about how she is optimistic that her chameleon approach to style encourages her followers to find out what works for them rather than aspiring to fit into conventional beauty standards.

“Even though I might wear skimpy outfits sometimes and I’m sitting here with no pants on with my big shoes, my definition of beauty has always been very against the grain,” she said during an interview for Australia’s The Sunday Project. “I just dressed like how I felt like dressing today, how I wanted to do my hair, how I wanted my make-up to look.

“But I would never want to send a message to anyone, especially a young person, that you have to be perfect in any type of physical way in order to be a beautiful person.”

The 34-year-old went on to insist that her looks weren’t responsible for her successful career.

“I didn’t get here because I’m pretty. I’m not a supermodel. I make music and it’s my brain and my heart that got me here and a lot of hard work,” Gaga stated.

The Poker Face hitmaker then appeared to reference her boyfriend Michael Polansky, who she described as a “straight male who thinks highly of me”, and recalled how he praised her for always being authentically herself.

“It really meant a lot to me because I felt like I was really seen as a person, and it was really nice that I felt like I wasn’t being objectified by a man,” she added.

Gaga, who is currently promoting her new album Chromatica, went Instagram official with the business entrepreneur earlier this year.

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Nicola Formichetti exploring ‘interplay of light and dark’ with Lady Gaga’s Chromatica looks

Nicola Formichetti is exploring an “interplay of light and dark” when it comes to creating brand-new looks for Lady Gaga.The singer, who is well known for bold and extravagant fashion choices, recently released her sixth studio album Chromatica aft…

Nicola Formichetti is exploring an “interplay of light and dark” when it comes to creating brand-new looks for Lady Gaga.

The singer, who is well known for bold and extravagant fashion choices, recently released her sixth studio album Chromatica after teasing fans with tracks Stupid Love and her duet with Ariana Grande, Rain on Me.

In an interview with Vogue.com, Formichetti explained that when dreaming up ensembles for Gaga’s latest music videos, he drew upon her personal transformation over the years.

“Chromatica is not utopian or dystopian. It’s how Gaga sees the world. It’s very, very upbeat, but it’s realistic in its message, and she speaks about a lot of deeply personal things,” he told the fashion publication. “So, there is this interplay of light and dark. We needed something that wasn’t running from the past – actually, we wanted to embrace the past – to show that Gaga is on her path towards healing.”

Formichetti added the music video for Rain on Me also gives a hint to Gaga’s personal journey, thanks to a pair of Demonia boots.

“In the beginning of the video, she has on these really tall, stiletto spike heels,” the designer shared. “By the end, she is wearing platform boots. This silhouette is important. It’s still her, it still looks interesting, but it’s an evolution from high heels, which are more striking and more aggressive, to something that is more grounded. Maybe it’s a little more believable. It’s a different vibe, which we both love.”

And Formichetti also teased more outlandish fashion choices from the A Star Is Born actress.

“We’re all punks here, so we all want to go against the rules whenever we can. There are so many parts to this that we haven’t explored yet. Yeah. Chromatica is big,” he quipped.

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Lady Gaga tried to wear diamond necklace to fast-food restaurant after 2019 Oscars

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished of…

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.

The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished off the look with long black gloves and a stunning 128-carat yellow cushion-shaped diamond necklace lent to her by Tiffany & Co.

Reflecting on the evening, where she collected the Oscar for Best Original Song for her work on the tune Shallow from A Star Is Born, Gaga revealed during a virtual chat for The Graham Norton Show on Friday that she tried to keep the eye-catching jewel on for the whole night.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen that night – I was just so happy to be there. My sister and I were barrelling through Champagne backstage and when we left, I didn’t tell anyone, and I still had the diamond on,” the 34-year-old shared. “Everyone freaked out that I was still wearing it. When I went to Madonna’s house, security guards were side-eyeing me and eventually, when we were heading to Taco Bell, my car was pulled over and Tiffany’s security politely removed it from my neck!”

The diamond is estimated to be worth $30 million (£24 million) and was last worn by Audrey Hepburn during a publicity photoshoot while she was promoting her 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gaga spoke about her sixth studio album Chromatica, which was released on Friday, and noted it was pretty odd to unveil new music during the coronavirus crisis.

“I am so excited – I’ve been making it for two and a half years. It’s not odd. What is odd is being in the middle of a global pandemic!” she exclaimed. “It is the way it is, and we don’t always get to have things go the way that we see them in life. I’ve always had instilled in me that life can, and will, get very hard, so it’s very important to roll with the punches and deal with it.”

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Brandon Maxwell unearths unseen footage of Lady Gaga prior to 2019 Met Gala

Brandon Maxwell has shared previously unseen footage of him walking to the 2019 Met Gala with Lady Gaga on social media.The designer created all four of the show-stopping outfits that the Oscar winner wore to last year’s prestigious fashion event, and …

Brandon Maxwell has shared previously unseen footage of him walking to the 2019 Met Gala with Lady Gaga on social media.

The designer created all four of the show-stopping outfits that the Oscar winner wore to last year’s prestigious fashion event, and in a touching post uploaded to Instagram on Monday, Maxwell revealed he’s looking forward to having more “joyous moments” once the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted.

“We wanted to first share this unedited clip of myself, @ladygaga, and our teams walking to last year’s #MetGala,” he said of the short clip, which shows him escorting Gaga to the event while adjusting her fuchsia pink gown. “My fiance filmed this, and I’ll never ever forget looking up at him as we approached the carpet and seeing a tear fall down his face from pride. It remains one of my most treasured memories.”

The 2020 Met Gala, which was due to take place on 4 May, has been postponed indefinitely duet to the Covid-19 crisis.

“We wanted to share this today because of the sheer joy this moment held, because of the love and happiness you can see on everyone’s faces, because of the excitement, because it represents a time when we were all together, and because it reminds me so strongly that we will be again,” the Project Runway judge continued, before urging his followers to “stay safe” during the global pandemic. “Communities are so important, friendships are so important, and that’s what this day one year ago still represents to me. Let’s continue to stay safe and smart, respectful of others, and follow all guidelines, so that we can run through the streets together again soon.”

In an earlier post on Instagram, Maxwell again told his followers to keep to the social distancing rules after he spotted people while he was out and about in New York City not wearing protective face masks.

“The most fashionable thing we can do right now is to think of others before we think of ourselves and these are some very simple ways to do that!” he insisted.

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Clare Waight Keller recalls making ‘incredible’ silver gown for Lady Gaga

Clare Waight Keller has fondly recalled the time she collaborated with Lady Gaga on a red carpet gown.The British designer, who announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of Givenchy following a three-year stint earlier this month, took …

Clare Waight Keller has fondly recalled the time she collaborated with Lady Gaga on a red carpet gown.

The British designer, who announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of Givenchy following a three-year stint earlier this month, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share one of her favourite moments at the French luxury house.

Posting several images of Gaga in the showstopping dress she wore the September 2018 premiere of her movie A Star Is Born, Waight Keller wrote in the caption: “Lady Gaga is one of those talents that truly surprises you at every turn. I had never worked with her before, but I knew whatever we did together was going to create an epic moment.”

Gaga’s dress was custom-made by Waight Keller’s team and comprised a layer of metallic lace draped gauzily over a strapless slip as well as a dramatic cape and train.

Remembering how she and the superstar had been inspired by the idea of “Silver Screen Hollywood from the ’30s, utter glamour and goddess beauty”, the designer was pleased with the mercurial finish of the dress, which she reminisced as “almost like the whole look had literally been dipped in silver”.

As well as the ensemble itself, Waight Keller adored the experience of working with Gaga.

“Lady Gaga is extraordinary in so many ways, as an artist, actress, singer, producer, activist, and businesswoman an icon of putting a love of creativity and passion behind everything she does and making us all sit up and look as she makes those moments happen,” the 49-year-old gushed.

Alongside the photos of the Born This Way hitmaker, Waight Keller also shared snaps of the gown’s last fitting on a stand-in model, and several haute couture pieces that inspired it, noting the dress and cape “took several weeks to painstaking make but the results were incredible”.

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Lady Gaga reuniting with Nicola Formichetti for new album cycle

Lady Gaga has reunited with her longtime friend and stylist Nicola Formichetti for her Chromatica album cycle. Formichetti served as the stylist and fashion director for the Poker Face singer at the beginning of her career, and together, they became k…

Lady Gaga has reunited with her longtime friend and stylist Nicola Formichetti for her Chromatica album cycle.

Formichetti served as the stylist and fashion director for the Poker Face singer at the beginning of her career, and together, they became known for bold, experimental and headline-grabbing looks, such as the iconic meat dress she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

The style star went on to become artistic director of French fashion house Mugler and then Italian fashion label Diesel, while Gaga’s music and style evolved and matured.

However, the 34-year-old has returned to her original sound and aesthetic for her new album Chromatica, with the record artwork showing her in futuristic cyberpunk outfits, and in a new interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, she revealed she was back with Formichetti, who creative directed the accompanying photoshoot.

He also explained how he was digging through the archives to unearth some familiar pieces and make them fresh.

“I want to bring back the sex and the edginess of her with materials like Latex and leather and spikes and studs and mix them with couture,” he said, citing Gaga’s “punk rock core”.

The reporter also noted that Formichetti has relocated from New York to Los Angeles to live five minutes away from Gaga’s creative hub in her house.

Speaking to Attitude magazine in 2018, the designer expressed his desire to work with the superstar again.

“I miss working with her. We worked together for a long time, then I wanted to go off and do my own thing, and she was so encouraging,” he said. “When I went to Diesel she was supportive again. It’s been a couple of years and we were like, ‘I think it’s time to do some stuff together again.'”

Chromatica was due to be released on 10 April but it has been indefinitely delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lady Gaga casts superfans in lip crayon campaign for Haus Laboratories

Lady Gaga has thanked her superfans for their unwavering support by hiring six of them to star in her new lip crayon campaign for Haus Laboratories.The Bad Romance hitmaker launched her debut beauty line back in September, and to celebrate the recent l…

Lady Gaga has thanked her superfans for their unwavering support by hiring six of them to star in her new lip crayon campaign for Haus Laboratories.

The Bad Romance hitmaker launched her debut beauty line back in September, and to celebrate the recent launch of her Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon, the 33-year-old selected six diehard fans to model the latest addition to her cosmetics collection.

Kareem Rogers, Miah Crans, Catie Gudino, and Brendan Jordan were among those picked after they commented on an Instagram post from Haus Laboratories, and explained how Gaga had changed their life.

“No matter what I do in my career, in the heart of it will always be my fans and their stories,” the Shallow hitmaker told U.S. Elle magazine. “In many ways, this line is because of them and what they have shown me of the world.”

Kareem wants his appearance in the campaign to remind him to “never give up”, and thanked the Grammy-winning singer for allowing him to be “fearless and spread kindness.”

Aspiring musician Miah claimed Gaga had helped her to “live my truth as a proud black trans woman” after transphobic high school students voted her Prom King.

“My profile tells me that I have a life expectancy of 30 years, so Lady Gaga’s music has really inspired me to just live unapologetically and be who I am fearlessly,” she shared.

Elsewhere, social media influencer Brendan credited the A Star Is Born actress with giving him the courage to “pull out that queen energy” and push back against societal gender norms.

“I really felt like she was just the one that understood me and spoke to me,” he added.

The Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon, $18 (£14), is available in 12 shades and can be purchased on Amazon.

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Lady Gaga ‘proposes’ to herself for new jewellery campaign

Lady Gaga has “proposed” to herself as part of a new jewellery campaign.To help promote costume designer B. Akerlund’s collection in partnership with banking company Klarna, the superstar has posed for a photoshoot in which she models the Knight Finger…

Lady Gaga has “proposed” to herself as part of a new jewellery campaign.

To help promote costume designer B. Akerlund’s collection in partnership with banking company Klarna, the superstar has posed for a photoshoot in which she models the Knight Finger design on her middle finger.

With regards to the concept, Gaga explained that she and Akerlund wanted to reject the notion that women can only propose marriage on a Leap Day, or 29 February.

“The idea that a woman can only propose to a man one day every four years is so completely ridiculous!” the 33-year-old commented. “Anyone who knows me knows that I believe any person of any gender identity should be able to express any act of love to anyone else on ANY day of ANY year. So, in an act of defiance of this outdated tradition, I decided to say yes to MYSELF! And wear this ring today with pride to remind myself and everyone that the only permission you need to love comes from within you.”

The Knight Finger ring is gold vermeil and features 246 rose pink and four crystal stones in pave settings. The limited-edition design is priced at $950 (£728) and is now available for pre-order.

All proceeds will go to Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organisation that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

“The Knight Finger was designed to inspire us all to fearlessly love on our own terms and cast aside traditions of the past to define our own futures,” added Akerlund. “Lady Gaga is a knight in shining armour, defeating all that stands in her way. She is truly an inspiration in creating her own rules to express her true self. It’s an honour that she chose to put my ring on her finger.”

Gaga, who has been engaged twice before, is currently dating tech executive Michael Polansky.

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Brandon Maxwell thanks team for nursing him ‘back to life’ following near-breakdown

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans a…

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.

The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans and followers that his team was responsible for inspiring him to create his fall/winter 2020 collection.

“I remember so distinctly sitting down at the beginning of this season and telling my team that I didn’t feel well. That my mind felt clouded, overrun with criticism and negativity, that I didn’t feel a major spark for anything when I woke up in the mornings,” Maxwell wrote, touching upon his feelings of depression and anxiety last year.

He went on to reveal that his team didn’t shy away from offering their support and actually “formed a wall” around him.

“They nursed me back to life one garment at a time, gave me the freedom to feel and to be, and somewhere along the way the feeling hit me again. Like they knew it would,” the 35-year-old touchingly shared.

The Project Runway judge, who has dressed the likes of Lady Gaga and Anne Hathaway, went on to express his hope that he made his colleagues – and fans – proud with his latest show, and said that even though he was struggling, he just kept going.

“What I now know is that it’s the moments you think will break you to your core that ask you to rise, and it’s up to you to decide if you will. I showed up this season because behind every runway look is a team member with a family, with a dream, and they count on it. That’s what’s got me through,” he wrote, before concluding his emotional post with an outpouring of love for his loyal fans.

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Brandon Maxwell no longer pushing himself to work to an ‘unnatural extreme’

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s …

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.

The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015. But while Maxwell is now one of the most sought-after designers, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he was near-exhausted at some points in his career.

“Over the last year, it became clear that that wasn’t really working for me anymore at 35 in the same way it did for me at 28. I was waking up every day with a dark cloud hanging over,” he wrote. “In the last couple months, I just decided to stop saying yes to every single thing, pushing myself to some unnatural extreme, working myself to a place that actually closed me off instead of allowing me to live, and just go along the journey. I’ve kind of found that the natural beauty that arises from that approach is so much more satisfying than when it’s calculated.”

Accordingly, Maxwell now feels able to pour all of his energy into his upcoming New York Fashion Week show. Even though the theme of the spectacle remains under wraps, the Project Runway judge noted that it is “about the journey”.

“I think everyone does this job because they’re chasing a feeling, a feeling they first felt when they were young. I’ve really felt it again this week, the way I did when I was in the middle of nowhere in my room alone, and that feels like a win. I feel stronger than I did a year ago, and I’m ready,” the 35-year-old added.

Maxwell will unveil his latest line on 8 February. Badgley Mischka, Longchamp, and Self-Portrait are showing on the same day.

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