July 10, 2009
Let’s Have Some Fun, This Beat is Sick: Lady Gaga is a Pop and Fashion Icon
Whether or not you like Lady Gaga, there is no denying that she is something the entertainment industry has never seen before. From her dress of bubbles to her button-on-top-of-her-head hairstyle, she is truly one of a kind. She comes out with ridiculous outfits and getups that no one else would ever be able to pull off. How and why does she do it?
She reverts back to the birth of the pop superstars such as David Bowie and Madonna, as well as the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. What will be the signature “thing” that she wears or does? Bowie had a pirate phase; Michael Jackson wore one white glove, or white socks with black shoes and high-water pants; Madonna dressed in her iconic pointy bra. In her own words, Gaga stated that “What has been lost in pop music these days is the combination of the visual and the imagery of the artist, along with the music — and both are just as important,” and she wishes to revive some of that tradition, albeit in her own extravagant way. She is undoubtedly in the pop genre, but brings a Bowie or Queen edge back to it with her outrageous styles and outspoken personality.
So even though she is technically in the same loop as pop artists such as Taylor Swift or Jordin Sparks, Gaga pushes a much different image. She isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, no matter how unconventional or risqué. She worked hard to get to where she is without compromising her quirkiness. Her openness brings her confidence, allowing her to accept herself exactly as she is, as cliché as it sounds: “I’m kind of the odd person out in general, I don’t really like hanging out with celebrities and I don’t fit into that world, as I sort of keep to myself. So in a way, even in the new group of cool kids and the pop music world, I’m still the odd girl, but I’m okay with it; I like being the odd girl now, it’s where I live.” I like that.
Because she is so honest with herself, she transmits that energy into her music, performances, and fashion. She can walk out the door with her hair in a bow-like up-do because she doesn’t care what everyone will say. It’s fabulous and that’s all there is to it for her. She isn’t anti-conformist; she is original. Maybe her style is too “out there” or too “scandalous” for people; I can understand that on some levels. But instead of judging it negatively, look at the other messages she sends out by being that way.
Her eclecticism encourages people to search for their inner-excessiveness and live in a fashion world with no boundaries. You will discover that making your hair into the shape of a button isn’t the craziest thing in the world. Just look at the mask she wore to a press conference on July 8 as an homage to performance art! No one else could get away with that kind of getup without suffering major repercussions. Lady Gaga has become such an icon in the fashion industry that even Jean Paul Gaultier, one of the biggest names in the business, debuted a very Gaga-inspired collection in Paris this week.
Hundreds of Indie music artists (as well as those in all other music genres) can tell you that it isn’t just great music that makes you a superstar in this industry. To make it big, you pretty much have to be able to sing, dance, write, handle pressure, and bring something fresh to the table. Who can say Gaga hasn’t done that? Look for the release of her new single, “Paparazzi,” coming soon!!
Posted by Shaane at 10:10 am