The message of "Born This Way" is about acceptance of the inner self, yet Lady Gaga would like to point out that we should all love our bodies as well. Even those hard-to-ignore prosthetic additions that have been sticking out from her head and shoulders since February's Grammy performance? “Well, first of all, they’re not prosthetics. They’re my bones.” she told Harper’s Bazaar in the upcoming May issue. "They’ve always been inside of me, but I have been waiting for the right time to reveal to the universe who I truly am."
Whatever your views on protruding bones—real or fake—may be, Gaga defends her "body modification" on the grounds that such "performance-art" is less problematic to young, impressionable fans than the unrealistic bodies of her colleagues who have spent several hours on a plastic surgeon's operating table. "I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have. I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification," she said. "I am an artist, and I have the ability and the free will to choose the way the world will envision me."
Gaga and photographer Terry Richardson are choosing to have the world envision a whole lot of her in the magazine's photo spread. Inside, Gaga appears nearly nude, crawling across a bedazzled baby grand, and later as a five-boobed dessert fiend ensconced by a sea of cupcakes. (Which we're not entirely convinced she eats. But if she did, that'd be okay, too. More to love! Born this way!).
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Gaga also revealed that Born This Way, out May 23, was inspired by the late designer Alexander McQueen. "I think he planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote 'Born This Way.' I think he's up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing," she said. Lest you're disinclined to believe in the power of designers from behind the grave, no matter how fierce, Interscope is in support of the connection, reportedly bumping up the BTW release date closer to the anniversary of McQueen's untimely death.
To keep those salivating little monsters happy until the cultural baptism that comes with the premiere of "Judas," there's also new episode of Gagavision, which welcomes the debut of the Lady Gaga doll ("Sewn This Way," what else?), complete with a fun size bottle of Jameson. Now about those young and impressionable fans...
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