Whether you know her from her hit singles like “Just Dance”, “Bad Romance” or “Born This Way”, amongst many others, or for her avant-garde and eclectic sense of fashion (remember the meat dress made of raw beef that she wore to 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?), Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop music sensation of our time.
Known by her stage name Lady Gaga and the mother to her fans, whom she endearingly refers to as ‘monsters’, Gaga studied music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and initially faced difficulties finding traction for her career due to her experimental sounds. She worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing and only got her big break when Just Dance and Poker Face from her debut album The Fame (2008) hit airwaves and became chart-topping hits.
One of her most iconic performances was for her song Applause from the Artpop album at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Besides giving a killer performance while dancing and jumping (in heels I might add), it was her multiple outfit changes that really caught the attention of fans. Many believe that each look that she had changed into mid-performance signified a milestone in her career and pays homage to her fans for seeing her through her many transformations.
And it is this constant evolution that is Gaga’s greatest strength. She stood out from the crowd of pop singers with her unique musicality, and has since collaborated with superstars including Beyoncé and Tony Bennett. From a deranged patient in Bad Romance and a rosary-swallowing nun in Alejandro to waitress-turned-superstar in A Star Is Born movie alongside Bradley Cooper, her transformations are indeed endless.
Besides being celebrated for her musical prowess and acting chops (she has garnered multiple awards, including an Oscar, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes and several Grammys as well as MTV Video Music Awards), she is also not one to shy away from political activism. A survivor of rape at the age of 19, Gaga has become a force that supports women’s rights issues, as seen in her singing an original, “Til It Happens to You”, for a 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground that talks about sexual assaults on American college campuses.
Furthermore, Gaga has openly supported LGBT rights and has also created her own non-profit organisation, Born This Way Foundation, to help empower youths and tackle bullying.
While there might be a million reasons to love Lady Gaga, we just need one: Her amazing sense of style. So in honour of her 33rd birthday on March 28, let us take a look at her best looks and learn a styling tip or two.