Woman Crush Wednesday: Lady Gaga

Above: Lady Gaga at the 2015 Grammy Awards
Above: Lady Gaga at the 2015 Grammy Awards

Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga)

Birthdate: March 28, 1986

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York

Claim to fame: She’s one of the best-selling pop stars and musicians of all time; known for her flamboyant and eccentric outfits, live performances, and music videos.

Interesting fact: It’s an interesting story how she got her stage name ‘Lady Gaga’: At the time she was working with music producer, Rob Fusari, and was trying to figure out her stage name. Fusari found many similarities between her and Freddy Mercury’s harmonies. So every time she came into the studio to record, Fusari would sing the Queen song ‘Radio Ga Ga’. Then one day, Fusari tried to text her but a texting glitch changed the “radio” to “gaga”. So his text read, “Lady Gaga”. She then texted Fusari back saying, “That’s it! Don’t ever call me Stefani again.”

Lady Gaga was born. I guess I should say, “born this way”.

Best quote: “Some women choose to follow men and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember, that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — On why women should follow their dreams, instead of follow men.

Why we love her: Well, I’ll be honest; I’m not even the biggest Lady Gaga fan to begin with. She’s an acquired taste. An explosion of eccentricity, and the type of artist that you either find a little unsettling, or you attend concerts and dress in costumes and become a diehard super fan. She sure has enough of those super fans, though, accounting for the fact she’s actually one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Not just pop star, and not just contemporary musician either; she’s one of the best-selling musicians in the history of music. Love her or hate her, there’s no denying she has a loyal fan base.

But, after seeing her perform at the Oscars on Sunday night. I’m now a fan. I think everyone is now a fan. That’s because she single-handedly stole the show (apart from a few other touching speeches) and shocked the world. And she did it without having to dress up like a villainous character from your acid trip to do so. That’s right, this performance was even more shocking than the time she wore a dress completely made out of meat to the VMA’s in 2010. This time she did it with purely her voice. I bet you, Beyonce was sweating watching that performance. Who knew she was that good? I mean, we all knew she was talented of course, but not in the way that she could rock the house and give the great Julie Andrews a powerful honorary performance.

Good for you Lady Gaga, good for you.

Is this a sign that she’s going to put the costumes back in the closet and rely on nothing but that wonderful voice to start selling tickets? I wouldn’t hold my breath. She has one too many super fans dressed in green mascara and 16-inch heels relying on her to be their Queen. But I will say, regardless of whatever shock-antics Gaga has in store for us in the future, I will definitely be listening a little closer now.

Lady Gaga, you are our WCW this week, because, you deserve it.

Jamie Rea

Jamie Rea is a writer and web-entrepreneur based in Toronto. He specializes in writing about dating, relationships, lifestyle, entertainment, and culture. On top of his own blog creations The Brolog and Thoughts4Men, he also also heads up the writing team for the web-based Toronto company, Park Bench, as well as contributes regularly to the Thought Catalog based out of New York. His work has been published in various places such as vancitybuzz.com and theurbandater.com. You can follow along with his blogs – www.thebrolog.com and www.thoughts4men.com to read his stuff on a weekly basis.

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