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The Lady Revealed: Pre-Platinum GaGa

It wasn’t that long ago that Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady GaGa, was just another fledgling pop songstress. No blonde-bow wig, no sunglasses, no teacups.

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Lady GaGa at Lollapalooza 2007.

Photo By Josie Miner

Lady GaGa at Lollapalooza 2007.

Photo By Josie Miner

It wasn’t that long ago (August 2007, actually) that Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady GaGa, was just another fledgling pop songstress on the summer festival circuit. No blonde-bow wig, no sunglasses, no teacups. When WWD caught up with her at the Chicago music bacchanal Lollapalooza, GaGa, who had just been issued a citation for indecent exposure (“There’s a huge festival with people doing cocaine and marijuana, and he’s busting me?” she objected), stripped down to next-to-nothing for a photo shoot and chatted with our reporter about her style.

 

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Refusing to give her birth name — WWD was the first media outlet to report this and details of her posh NYC upbringing — GaGa said of her former self, “She’s not here anymore. She’s covered in sequins.” The then-raven-haired GaGa revealed she was “not comfortable in a T-shirt and jeans,” instead culling pieces from American Apparel, stripper shops in Times Square and M&J Trimming in the Garment District to craft her look, which she dubbed “filthy, unacceptable.” Even her everyday attire had to be way out there. “It’s got to be funny. I live for being different,” the 21-year-old said.

 

GaGa, who performed at the festival with her DJ and go-go pal Lady Starlight, also said, “When someone sees a girl in a two-piece out on the town, people think she’s a ho. We think that’s awesome. It’s rock ’n’ roll. [Something more conservative would be] like David Bowie doing Ziggy Stardust in a sweat suit. No one wants to see that.” Of the performance, WWD wrote, “That quirkiness brightened her show, which at times could seem unpolished.” GaGa wore a homemade outfit, which consisted of a bra to which she had affixed pieces of mirror and black panties with mirrored trim. “Fashion and attitude and style, that’s what we breathe for,” GaGa said. “[Lady Starlight and I] joke that our full-time boyfriend is our vanity.”

 

Of her life, which in August 2007 (pre-“The Fame”) had only just begun, really, GaGa quipped, “It’s a party. Everything my [high school] friends made fun of me for is what people want more of. More sequins, more spandex, yes, please.”

 

SHOOT STYLED BY MONICA SCHWEIGER; HAIR BY AARON LIGHT/CELESTINE TALENT; MAKEUP BY ALFRED LESTER/FORD; FASHION ASSISTANT: LINDSAY SEGAL

 

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