Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, hails from the land of the Big Apple. When V magazine began conceptualizing the photo shoot for their New York issue, putting the superstar's dramatic and edgy stamp on her hometown's most treasured symbol was a no-brainer.
The eerily beautiful cover photo, captured by photographer Mario Testino, depicts the 24-year-old singer as the Statue of Liberty. Posing with famed designer, Marc Jacobs, the theatrical singer's blonde locks are immaculately molded into the Statue of Liberty's legendary crown. Her body, clad only in a bra and panties, is draped with fabric, representing the Statue of Liberty's timeless frock, falling off her waist.
In true Lady Gaga and New York style, the singer proudly holds a burning paper torch to finish off her twisted version of freedom's most noted character.
Lady Gaga's efforts to influence her little monsters' freedom of expression is imminent. She has become an icon in her own right, so V magazine put the pieces of the puzzle together, pairing two national tokens together.
"Just as the Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America, Gaga is, to us, New York's greatest gift to pop culture and fashion...she has become a bona fide genius and we can safely declare her our muse," said V editor Stephen Gan.
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