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Lady Gaga

Anyone young and comely can ‘go’ in a well-cut, gorgeous Valentino evening gown. But true style divas are of a different make—possessing the ability to shock, the willingness to take risks and the confidence to turn even a suit of sack into style. Our pre-eminent fashionista is Lady Gaga, who can breathe pulsating life into idiosyncratic haute couture—a meat dress, a layer-peeling dress, outfits feathery, billowy, flouncy, spirally, wiry, often with stunning collars and headgear that’d shame even the boldest toffs ever to have rocked Ascot. Every red carpet arrival of stars is a Gaga event. At the 2020 MTV VMAs, she wears a fish bowl on her head, while a dress purportedly of silver foil stiffly opens out at the front and back. And she wears that look, daring you to flinch.

Such is the raw odour that accompanies Lady Gaga’s unabashed iconoclasm that her performance—fragile, sensitive and altogether human—in A Star Is Born gave us another plane to assess her. Now comes a single tweet—the shloka ‘lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu’, that hopes universal benediction for all. The result? A deluge of crazed bhakts shrieking ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

Lady Gaga attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition in New York.

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Lady Gaga, left, and Frederic Aspiras strike a dancing pose at the 2019 Daily Front Row's Fashion Los Angeles Awards at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Lady Gaga, winner of the award for best song "Shallow," arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lady Gaga, left, and Bradley Cooper perform "Shallow" from "A Star is Born" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga, winner of the award for best original song for "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born", poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga, right, and Mark Ronson perform "Shallow" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga accept the award for best pop duo or group performance for "Shallow" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lady Gaga interacts with fans at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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Glenn Close, left, and Lady Gaga, winners in a tie for the best actress award, pose in the press room at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Close won for her role in "The Wife" and Lady Gaga won for her role in "A Star Is Born."

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Lady Gaga attends the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

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Anthony Rossomando, from left, Andrew Wyatt, Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson pose in the press room with the award for best original song, motion picture for "Shallow" from the film "A Star Is Born" at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lady Gaga poses in the press room with the award for best original song, motion picture for "Shallow" from the film "A Star Is Born" at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the American Cinematheque Award ceremony honoring Bradley Cooper at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the Governors Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Lady Gaga, centre, and designer Karl Lagerfeld, right, watch the Celine Spring/Summer 2019 ready to wear fashion collection presented in Paris.

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Actress and singer Lady Gaga, left, and actor and director Bradley Cooper pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Star Is Born' in London.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "A Star Is Born" at the Shrine Auditorium.

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Actress and singer Lady Gaga poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Star Is Born' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

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Singer and actress Lady Gaga poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'A Star Is Born' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Lady Gaga performs with Mark Ronson at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Wax figures of Asha Bhosle, Zakir Hussain and Lady Gaga displayed at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, during a press preview in New Delhi.

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Lady Gaga sings during a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas.

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Lady Gaga poses for a photo with fans upon her arrival at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo.

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No, this is not a dignified lady diplomat parlaying with Dalai Lama. It’s Lady Gaga, in her demurest avatar, apparently discussing yoga. While you marvel, the Chinese seethe with anger, adding one name to a list that bothers nobody.

Lady Gaga performs "Til It Happens To You" that is nominated for best original song from "The Hunting Ground" at the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Gaga Wearing original "Countess" glove designed by @shaunleane for Alexander McQueen #V99

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Lady Gaga at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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From right, Britain's Prince Harry, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett pose backstage for photographs after Bennett and Lady Gaga's performance as part of the Cheek to Cheek Tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Lady Gaga, left, and Julie Andrews speak at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles.

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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Cheek to Cheek"
Lady Gaga poses in the press room with the award for at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles.

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Pop sensation Lady Gaga has revealed that she was raped as a teenager and she went through emotional therapy to recover from the incident. During a candid interview with Howard Stern, Gaga, 28, recalled how she was sexually assaulted when she was around 19-years-old, but she only spoke of the incident now because she does not want "to be defined by it", reported Us magazine.

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Red, White, Taxi Yellow Did you know roses could be used so opportunely? Only the grand dame of weird, prima donna Lady Gaga could have dreamed up the tasselled headgear. Or teaming her apparition with the bunch of white roses. And what did the New York cabbie make of it all? Surely, he used the rearview well?

AFP (From Outlook 14 April 2014)

Lady Gaga waves upon her arrival at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, .Gaga is in Japan to promote her new album ARTPOP.

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Lady Gaga wearing sunglasses smiles as she is greeted by fans upon her arrival at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo. Gaga is in Japan to promote her new album ARTPOP.

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A figure production maintenance staff adjusts the wax figure of Lady Gaga at the Madame Tussauds exhibition in Tokyo.

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A fan of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga waits outside the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball concert in Singapore. Lady Gaga will be performing 3 shows in the city-state on the 28, 29 and 31 of May.

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A fan of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga prepares for a flash mob with others at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.

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Muslim women hold posters during a protest against Lady Gaga's concert that is scheduled to be held on June 3, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lady Gaga might have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia because police worry her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the country's youth.

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A Filipino fan of pop star Lady Gaga wears eyewear made of pins as he waits outside the concert venue before her performance in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines.

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Members of a religious group stand in front of a sign promoting the concert of Lady Gaga as they hold a protest near the venue in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines. The group warned they will sue Lady Gaga and concert organizers if she sings "Judas" at her Manila concert.

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Members of a religious group give thumbs-down signs as they shout "Stop Lady Gaga Concert" during a rally near the venue of the pop diva's upcoming concert on May 19, 2012 in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines. They said they were offended by her music and videos, in particular her song "Judas," which they say mocks Jesus Christ.

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Lady Gaga arrives at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo.

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Lady Gaga, left, is welcomed by fans upon her arrival at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo. The American singer on a Asian tour schedules to hold three concerts this week in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

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American pop singer Lady Gaga leaves a hotel in Hong Kong. Gaga, on her Asian tour, wrapped up concerts in Hong Kong and will leave for Japan.

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A civic group member hangs a banner showing a defaced picture of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga on a wall to call for the cancellation of her concert, in Seoul, South Korea. Lady Gaga's April 27 concert in Seoul is being banned to minors under the age of 18 by the Korea Media Rating Board, as the Gender Equality Ministry considers one of her songs to be performed at the show as "inappropriate" for minors.

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Lady Gaga walks through the campus prior to an event at Harvard University in Cambridge. Gaga launched her "Born this Way" foundation at Harvard.

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AFP (From Outlook Yraveller December Issue)