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Lady Gaga: Thrills for the Boredom Plagued

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It seems these days all are in a tizzy over Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta– better known as “Lady Gaga”. But with an image and sound that approximates one part Alison Goldfrapp, and another, Madonna, it is somewhat understandable (even if perhaps not justifiable). For mainstream America, her extremely edgy (yet obviously contrived) fashion sensibility makes her a style innovator to the indiscriminant eye– despite the fact that she neither invented the wheel, nor the “hair bow“.

But then, what exactly is her allure? I mean, she isn’t rail-thin (the way we usually like out celebs), and though she is attractive, she’s not stunningly beautiful. She refused to fully commit to the haircut, and she doesn’t seem too fond of wearing bottoms. Perhaps it starts with the fact that (unlike the average pop star) she can actually sing. Love her or hate her, the girl has got a voice, not to mention she’s got some key stroking ability. But where do we go from there? I mean, sure, the majority of America can barely pronounce Gareth’s last name. So of course one would expect them to be mesmerized by Beyoncé’s new “avant-garde” wardrobe. But for the rest of us, there’s something a bit jarring about this new celebrity trend of “going hard” for no particular reason.

Because look, there are certain things in this world that work in harmony with the balance of the universe. Those things include Bjork, M.I.A., and Goldfrapp in quirky get-ups. Ciara, Beyoncé, and Keri Hilson all sporting Brian Lichtenberg? A non-sequitur to say the least. The thing is, the fashionable needn’t be told what’s “de rigeur” these days. The “in the know” know labels like MTV reality shows know ditsy, L.A. blondes. So we don’t need to have a mainstream act legitimatize (and detract form the exclusivity of) our favorite designers and runway looks. So when I see Lady Gaga’s hair bow, I think: is this NOT deja vu? Because I’m quite certain that I’ve seen it a thousand times before. Like once on Paris Hilton (who ironically is not copycat-ing Gaga), circa 2005, and on Ashley Olsen in Timothy White’s book of pin up photography. Even Project Runway contestant Alison Kelly gave it a whirl right before she got cast off, incidentally. But of course, it always takes a mega-star to make anything cool. Why else were Juicy track suits in style for a good two years?

Though after watching Lady Gaga in a dreadful interview (where she cites her sole determining criteria for picking a mate as a “big dick”), her lure became apparent: people are boring, and they’re also bored. And record company execs (being the master strategists that they are) know this quite well. Why not give us a watered down Madge? Pop music needs something, and that something certainly isn’t Miley Cyrus. Of course she’s going to continue to say calculatedly audacious things (and not wear pants)– what else is there for her to do? Granted, she’ll never play the role as Madonna, but who could? It’s all still such great publicity. Because in spite of whether or not I like her, I’m still sitting here typing away about the woman. So she may be a re-packaged, less exciting version of things we’ve seen a million times before, but hey Lauren Conrad didn’t have to do anything but be painfully dull to become a “fauxcialite”.

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  • Erika said:

    Why can’t Beyonce where Lichtenberg? That doesn’t make any sense.

  • Ginnie said:

    For years, Beyoncé has had no style whatsoever. She’s been racking up the “worst dressed” awards for ages. Now all of a sudden, she has this incredibly edgy style, and it’s SO not her. I mean, BL is M.I.A., Santigold, Peaches, Lady Tigra– women with unique music and unique/cool personal style. But it’s so obvious that girls like Bey, Gaga and Ciara are dressing this way these days to be noticed/iconic, and not for the love of fashion, which is irksome.

  • Gee said:

    I agree completely! Even though a starlet like Rhianna clearly has a dedicated and expert team of stylists behind her, she goes for it and you can tell that she has at least some constant, legitimate interest in fashion. Now when people like Bey and CiCi noticed the attention and acclaim RhiRhi was getting for her fashion risktaking, they decided to jump on that bandwagon! I’m not quite sold on the whole Lady Gaga thing (I actually do think she has some interest and uniqueness as far as fashion), but I DEF agree about Beyonce! She ain’t no risktaker, beyond those high notes she hits at least…

  • mari said:

    i’m indifferent about gaga, she makes decent pop music and i wont hate on it. but…what do you mean about the fact that shes not rail thin? so that’s a bad thing?

    and one more thing, girl has killer legs and a donk. so my give-a- fuck-ometer about her went high just for those reasons.

  • claudia (author) said:

    i like gaga – she actually has some talent and seems fun! so she is not original with her outlandish style, seems like nowadays – no one is…

  • Ginnie said:

    I mean, nobody else is doing it, that’s very true. I guess I just wish that it was genuinely a product of her own imagination… but I guess that why I hate the music industry– most of these girls are manufactured, lol. The guys, too. When I saw The Dream in Raf, I nearly hurled… If these little hood kids ruin that like they did Moncler, Idk WHAT I’ll do. But no, not being rail-thin is DEFINITELY not a bad thing. That was me facetiously taking a jab America’s obsession with weight in Hollywood.

  • Erika said:

    sure beyonce let her mom design her clothes forever, but I say “thank god she got a stylist!” She still always looks like a drag queen on a red carpet, but I for one am glad to see her dancing around in something sexy and some hot hip hop gals getting decked out in some stylish stuff.
    I think like Gaga too. She’s gimicky yes, but she doesn’t really claim to be the first in anyway, I mean she gives total credit to her obvious inspirations, Bowie, Madonna, etc. Plus, I think she worked hard to get where she is an I respect that. She just seems kinda fun to me!

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    I don’t mind Gaga so much, although it is easy to hate. She does try SO HARD to be different and it definitely doesn’t ring true. I really hate manufactured eccentrics because the real ones are always so much fun, but the fake ones are extremely tedious. However, her music is pretty catchy and she’s at least not some horrible bland borefest. So just to echo what everyone else has already said, I’m on the fence!

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