Lady Gaga went with pink hair and a gown for the cover of March's Vogue, shot by photographer Mario Testino, which is available on US newsstands Feb. 22. She's prepping for the release of her third album, Born This Way, and spoke with the magazine about her personal style, including the infamous meat dress, living overseas, and her manic touring schedule. Her first single from the record is dropped today, and she's slated to perform during Sunday's Grammys. Lady Gaga's nominated in five categories, including album of the year and best pop collaboration for her project with Beyonce Knowles, "Telephone." Here's more:
- On her ambition: "I was a strange, loud little kid who could sit at the piano and kill a Beethoven piece. Speaking purely from a musical standpoint, I think I am a great performer. I am a talented entertainer. I consider myself to have one of the greatest voices in the industry. I consider myself to be one of the greatest songwriters. I wouldn’t say that I am one of the greatest dancers, but I am really quite good at what I do. I think it’s OK to be confident in yourself."
- On living in London: "I have a very broad taste in music, and the English don’t differentiate the rock star from the pop star. It’s all the same thing. . . The fashion community in general got me much earlier than everyone else, but actually, I felt truly embraced by this London cultural movement, that McQueen, Isabella, Daphne Guinness wing of the English crowd. I remember when I first started doing photo shoots, people would say, 'My God, you look so much like Isabella Blow, it scares me.' And McQueen used to say, 'Oh, my God, your boobs!' He actually grabbed both of them and said, 'Even your boobs are like hers!'"
- On her wardrobe choice and the meat dress: "It’s not about a choice, it’s about a lifestyle that I live and breathe. . . There is this assumption that women in music and pop culture are supposed to act a certain way, and because I’m just sort of middle fingers up, a-blazing, doing what my artistic vision tells me to do, that is what is misunderstood. People are like, 'She dresses this way for attention.' Or like, 'Ugh, the meat dress.' People just want to figure it out or explain it. The truth is, the mystery and the magic is my art. That is what I am good at."