Every time we’ve seen Lady Gaga this era, she’s usually sporting an entirely different look than when we last saw her. The image she’s constructed for ARTPOP is one of no image, in which she can wear whatever she wants, whenever she wants. One minute she’s a mermaid, then she’s a swine, and then she’s completely naked and spread eagle in V magazine. It’s fabulous, isn’t it?
Check out Gaga’s latest transformation for Elle magazine below, as well as a few obligatory Gaga quotes about being a tortured artist and listening to Bowie.
On handling pressure: “What are you talking about, pressure? I’m great under pressure. I’m a warrior. I’m Rocky, round 12.”
The difference between Gaga’s high-priestess act and the girl who spends time with her family: “I am—Stefani is—a perpetually tortured artist. That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!”
On raging against the critics who question the authenticity of her early struggles:“Everyone is so cynical—that I can’t purely love my fans, or share an honest story about my past, without someone asking me if I really, truly struggled. Do you know how much dirt I ate? Do you know the men I had to crawl through, the people that disrespected my body, my mind, my heart?”
How she used her forced hiatus to “go back to the core” and prepare to prove herself all over again—this time not just as a pop star but as a pop artist to prepare for her new album Artpop:“I went to look back to myself being 19, with all my Warhol books and all my Yoko Ono and John Lennon CDs, my Rolling Stones CDs and my Bowie…, and I said, what would she want me to do right now? Well she’d want you to call Jeff Koons and Robert Wilson and Marina Abramović and Inez and Vinoodh…And that’s what I did!”