(Bauer Griffin) Lady Gaga for V Magazine
is V Magazine's newest fashion and art columnist, having just published her debut piece in the mag's summer issue—which she covers, of course.
In her first column, Lady Gaga goes to great lengths to establish her credentials,
musing, "I myself can look at almost any hemline, silhouette, headwork, or heel architecture and tell you very precisely who designed it first, what French painter they stole it from, how many designers reinvented it after them, and what cultural and musical movement parented the birth, death and resurrection of that particular trend. So dear critics and bullies: get your library cards out, because I'm about to do a reading."
The entire piece is a response to the criticism Gaga's been weathering of late, as many have pointed out the sonic similarities between her single "Born This Way" and Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself." Gaga explains, "[Art] gives birth to new art. There is no chicken or egg. It's molecular. Cells give birth to cells ... The past undergoes mitosis, becoming the originality of the future."
Gaga ultimately acknowledges Madonna's place in the pop culture canon from which she draws reference, but notes, "I find freedom in my ability to transform and liberate myself (and others) with art and style—because those are the things that freed me from my sadness, from my social scars."
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