Lady Gaga graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar's May issue. - Harpers Bazaar
First off, let's tackle the thorny issue of the new bumps that the "Born This Way" singer has been sporting lately. When questioned by Harper's Bazaar about how long it takes to attach the bony prosthetics to her shoulders, cheekbones, and temples, Gaga replies with a conversation stopper: "They're not prosthetics. They're my bones," adding, "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." OK...
Acknowledging that her new look is a performance-art piece, Gaga continues, "I have never, ever encouraged my fans or anyone to harm themselves, nor do I romanticize masochism. Body modification is part of the overarching analysis of 'Born This Way.' 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."
Gaga dons a butterfly-inspired work of art. - Harpers Bazaar
The Lady shows off her protruding "bones." - Harpers Bazaar
The exhibitionist strikes a pose. - Harpers Bazaar
Communing with the dearly departed and body bumps aside, Lady Gaga is powerful enough these days that people will listen, no matter what she says -- and even her forays into crazy talk do somehow seem to make sense most of the time. According to Forbes, the 25-year-old earns upwards of $62 million a year, and instead of investing in a giant McMansion in Hollywood, Gaga chooses to spend her dollars on her art and her friends. "I spend my money on my props and my creations. I'm an inventor," says the Lady. "The true luxury of my success is that I can do it all on my own terms now. I don't want to make money; I want to make a difference."
Is the artist formerly known as Joanne Angelina Germanotta worried that the world will one day get a major case of Gaga-fatigue? Nope. "You can quote me on this: People love you when they think you won't be around for very long, and people hate you when they can't get rid of you. But I'm not going anywhere."
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