Lady Gaga: Alexander McQueen is Working Through Me

04/13/2011 at 09:00 AM ET

Lady Gaga Harper's Bazaar
Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar

Alexander McQueen’s untimely death last year shocked the fashion world, and while Lady Gaga mourned alongside the designers and artists he touched, she believes his passing came with a purpose. “I think he planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote ‘Born This Way,'” the singer explains in the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “I think he’s up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing.” In fact, in a twist of fate, Gaga’s record label moved the release date of “Born This Way,” dropping it on the one-year anniversary of McQueen’s death. “When I heard that, I knew he planned the whole damn thing,” she continues. “I didn’t even write the f—ing song. He did!” In the interview, Gaga touches on her relationships with designers like Hussein Chalayan, who created her Grammys “vessel,” and Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti, who tapped her to walk in his Paris runway show last month. But one topic that really stirs up some passion is plastic surgery. “I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have,” she states. “I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.” So as for the protrusions on her shoulders, cheekbones and temples she’s been sporting lately? Pure art. “I am an artist,” she says of those ‘bones,’ “and I have the ability and the free will to choose the way the world will envision me.” For more photos and the full story, go to and pick up a copy of the May issue, on newsstands April 26.Kate Hogan

Lady Gaga Harper's Bazaar
Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar



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Ella on

I bet if we asked Mr. Mcqueen from his white leather sofa up in heaven what his best memories were with this attention-seeking troll, he’d reply, “um.. who?”

Ana on

5 years ago she was a forever 21- wearing guidette from Manhattan. And now she acts like she is some innovative trend setter. Shock value does not equal style. It usually means people are laughing at you.

Sarah on

You go, Lady Gaga. :] Rock your Little Monsters’ world. <3

Jennifer on

Obvi she didn’t have any plastic surgery have u guys seen her face|? she isn’t pretty

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Jill on

LOL, Jennifer!

Meghan on

Okay: The term is not “one-year anniversary”. That is redundant, as “anniversary” means “the yearly recurrence of a past date”. Just say, “first anniversary”. I’m seeing this everywhere and it’s just another way to dumb down the English language.

Elaine on

I laugh at all you haters because while your here slagging Gaga off she is the one sitting on her millions laughing at you lot!! Im laughing with her!!

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gagirl on

Actually, Ana it’s Gaga who’s laughing ALL THE WAY to the bank! I think she’s authentic in being different. She’s not trying to be stylish, she IS actually trying to shock people. She’s no dummy; she knows how to get attention and it’s clearly working. Someone like Rihanna, however, is a product of slick marketing and styling. I think she’s a poser and she can’t sing anyway. At any rate, I agree with Gaga on the whole plastic surgery thing. She may not be the prettiest chick in the world but she is secure within herself. You can’t buy that. Just look at all the Hollywood “it girls” who have sold out and gotten surgery to fit in. Own who you are and be proud. Nothing is sexier to me than self-confidence.

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