There is nary an opportunity to catch one's breath between sightings of Lady Gaga on magazine covers. Following up her controversial turn as a bazooka-breasted warrior on the cover of last month's ROLLING STONE magazine, here comes Lady Gaga strutting her natural goodness in a tastefully nude cover photo in which she sports long, grey hair. Like Lady Godiva before her, Gaga continues to create yet another mythic image to attach to her growing portfolio of iconic looks and provocative stances.
The article, in which she talks about how she fears sex, clearly an attempt to further provocatize a very controversial and provocative topic for her, is not the issue, really. The issue is that this is Vanity Fair's annual style issue (check out the cover photo in this link), which lists the trendsetters and jetsetters in the world culture who make the most of fashion trends or buck them completely in order to keep their pictures on the world stage. Amidst the royalty you've never heard of or whose names you can't pronounce or international billionaires you've never seen before, there is Gaga, in all her American, New Yawk glory--but putting yet another spin on what could become a tired presentation. Like the Material Girl before her, Gaga seems to always pull a rabbit out of every hat she wears, turning another magazine appearance into a spectacle that will be discussed andÂ clamored over, until the next one . . .
What do the little monsters think? Is Grey the new black for Gaga and her followers? Or is this a one-time trick to raise her profile yet another few notches? With Gaga, whose ability to reinvent on a daily basis without the help of Rachel Zoe rivals any living creatures, her chameleonic ways are bringing in new fans every day. Maybe VF columnist and resident naysayer Christopher Hitchens might be a good date to take to the next big social fling?