I’M GAGA OVER THIS LADY!
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was just another ordinary person but with a vision to transform the world. She has her ups and downs in life but nonetheless puts up a brave front and faced them fearlessly. There was a time when she was all alone and no one believed in her dreams. She was determined to change that and make life happen. She surely did. Now she has the whole world at her feet and a jaw dropping fan following who now embrace her for her persona.
She is a leading influence in the world of fashion, art & music. She sets trends and the whole world follows. She always follows her heart in whatever she does. At the same time behind the limelight she works towards humanity and a better world.The lady truly is an inspiration. Let’s dive into her not-so-known story.
Stefani was born on March 28, 1986, in New York City, to Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta, an internet entrepreneur. Raised a Roman Catholic, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girl Roman Catholic school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Music was right by her from the very start when she began playing the piano at the age of four, later composing her first piano ballad at thirteen. She performed lead roles in high school and enjoyed theater .After high school; her mother encouraged her to apply to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for a musical theatre training conservatory. By age seventeen, after becoming one of twenty students to gain early admission. In addition to sharpening her songwriting skills, she composed essays and analytical papers on art, religion, social issues and politics.
Gaga withdrew at the age of 19 deciding to focus on her musical career as she disliked the mechanical factory system of the education system. Her father agreed to pay her rent for a year, on the condition that she re-enroll at Tisch if unsuccessful. She settled in a small apartment on Rivington Street towards the summer of 2005. She also began a band called the Stefani Germanotta Band (SGBand) with some friends from NYU.SGBand reached their career peak at the 2006 where Wendy Starland, a musician, appeared as a talent scout for music producer Rob Fusari. Although the musical relationship between Fusari and Gaga was unsuccessful at first, the pair soon set up a company titled Team Lovechild in which they recorded and produced electro pop tracks and sent them to music industry bosses
During the phase of independence and the struggle to find one’s path. She became increasingly experimental: fascinating herself with emerging neo-burlesque shows, go-go dancing at bars dressed in little more than a bikini in addition to experimenting with drugs this is when she met performance artist Lady Starlight, who helped mold her on-stage persona.
Starlight explained that, upon their first meeting, Gaga wanted to perform with her to songs she had recorded with Fusari. Like SGBand, the pair soon began performing at many of the downtown club venues Soon after, the two were invited to play at the 2007 Lollapalooza music festival in August that year. The show was critically acclaimed, and their performance received positive reviews. While Gaga and Starlight were busy performing, producer Rob Fusari continued to work on the songs he had created with Gaga. Fusari sent these songs to, producer and record executive Vincent Herbert. Herbert was quick to sign her to his label Streamline Records which was later acquired by Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Gaga subsequently struck a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV.
“THE FAME” was her first breakthrough album where the themes of her songs revolve around the experience of celebrity and the fame that tails along it.It won the Grammy award for “Best Electronic/ Dance Album” which was an astounding feat for a woman of her age. She was being showered with accolades right from the start.
“THE FAME MONSTER” released in 2008 where each song dealt with the darker side of fame from personal experience. It was expressed through a monster metaphor. It made her the first artist in digital history to have three singles to pass the four million mark in digital sales, its lead single “Bad Romance” topped the charts in eighteen countries and reached the top two in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
The “Born this way album” has been described as a marriage of electronic music with metal, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and anthem style melodies with sledge-hammering dance beats. It was all about being who you are and being damn proud of it. Gaga characterized it as “something so much deeper than a wig or lipstick or a damn meat dress”. One of her famous tracks bad romance has been viewed over 300 million times! In that video Gaga wears shoes designed by alexander mc queen the armadillo heals as a tribute to their friendship. McQueen loved her oddness and strangeness and really believed in her and was one of her inspirations.
With her team they launched the monster ball tour- the world tour they always dreamed of – where she could finally express her artistic genius. She went out to concerts spread across the world. Gaga was amazed by the love she received from her fans. There is no distance between the superstar and the public. Gaga says she exists thanks to them and that is why she decided to give them her life. She is the first star in the world to rename her fans; she calls them little monsters as a sign of recognition. This incident recommends that she considers the public as an entity, her fans are no longer anonymous they are all part of the Gaga family. The objective of the monster ball is not for them to worship her but to be worshipping themselves. This is what her third album “Born This Way” is all about. It’s about reality and fantasy.
In her childhood she would dress very 90s: low cut pants, tons of makeup. She adores trash glamour. Her favourite thing about dressing up is mixing things that are very elegant with things that are very trashy. She loves to liberate herself with the ability to change and be transformative. A highly creative individual that she is, all the nitty gritties of a performance right from the costumes, the choreography, and the direction everything is done by Gaga for breathtaking visuals. She has a team of creative individuals in The Haus of Gaga whose mission is to propose ideas concepts visuals which Gaga can then select and incarnate. She likes to empower others creativity and they empower hers and push each other to the limit of creativity if there really is one. She is best known for her avant garde in fashion. One of their directorial debuts Judas was from the Haus of Gaga where they came up with the lipstick gun; other such innovations were disco stick in love game. The mini mouse glasses in paparazzi, the telephone hat, and the cigarette glasses in telephone or even the egg she cracked out of in the 2011 Grammy awards.
This is why she loves fashion so much because she feels she can spin an alternate reality and fantasy for herself that if she does it over and over again every single day of her life falling asleep in her wigs makeup her jewellery somehow the fantasy becomes her reality.
Apart from her music Gaga uses her fame to encourage her fans to respect their individuality. She wanted to use her celebrity status and her influence to fight for causes she believed in. She perceives celebrity as power and uses it to express herself.
In the 2011 Japan Flood Gaga took initiatives and decided to design a prayer bracelet towards the Japan population and encouraged all her little monsters to purchase this bracelet. One million dollars were immediately donated to Japan thanks to the Lil monsters community. She was also involved with Cyndi Lauper for the Mac foundation to raise fund and awareness about AIDS. In 2009 she had expressed her disapproval for the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy which prohibited US military personnel to affirm their homosexuality. In 2009 in California she gave a speech against proposition 8 an amendment meant to eliminate rights for same sex couples to marry. If Gaga expresses her ideas on such touchy issues it’s because she believes in her ideas.
She has worked very hard to get to the top. The adrenaline of her mind is sometimes so powerful that she just can’t stop working towards the fulfillment of her dream. She fought so hard for anyone to believe in her and now that she is here and people believe in her she won’t give it up for anything. She firmly believes in broadening one’s mind and breaking stereotypes. The second single of her album Judas stirred controversy because of religion in a non-conformist manner. The message of the video was to forgive your betrayer which is the part of the plan of life but people are so blinded by prejudices and symbolism. This was Gaga’s vision and she can’t dishonor her vision because if she starts to dishonor her vision, her vision will dishonor her. She feels fame comes from within oneself and not something one obtains. She likes to know that she can define her fame and define her beauty for herself which is why she is so vigilant and relentless about her image and her music. She will not allow no matter how successful she will become for the public to define or indicate what is that is that she creates is beautiful or what it that she create is pop record. That is who she is and how she will always be that way. She is relentless and vicious and fearless because baby she was born this way.
Lady Gaga inspires me because she is passionate woman who achieved so much at a young age. She swept the world with her talent. She believed in herself when no one else did and now she reins the world in music, fashion and art. .She makes most of her present and has no regrets of her past.