Purple (magazine)

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Purple is a French fashion, art and culture magazine founded in 1992.

No. 15 Spring/Summer 2011, vol. 111Edit

Lady Gaga was featured in this issue as part of the Supreme ad campaign.

When The Queen of Twitter likes something, her fans know about it instantly, and believe it: it's her choice. LADY GAGA grew up in a world of New York skaters. Now a superstar, she decided to do this exclusive story with TERRY RICHARDSON, for SUPREME, a street brand made for and by New York kids.

These pictures will be plastered all over the streets of New York and - out of all the fashion magazines - are now published exclusively in Purple. Why in Purple? It's Gaga's choice. She knows what she likes and she promotes the things that make her happy and more confident. Then she shares her passion with her fans around the world.

I went to Lady Gaga's Monster Ball show in Paris. It was a lot of fun, but it wasn't the music that struck me most - half of the instruments were merely visual accessorries - or the decor and visual effects, which looked pretty cheap for what I imagined a mega-show. It wasn't her stage outfits either, which were closer to Halloween costumes than the eccentric high fashion she wears in magazine editorials - through I liked the trashy East Village punk and camp elements (she kept the fake blood from one song and even after changing her look for another). What's really striking about Lady Gaga is the ways she interacts with her fans, speaks to them, gives them love, and generates energy throughout the entire stadium. She's your closest friend - and you love her. It's hard to deny this when she's scrams out, "I'm your fucking friend!" or "You makes me strong and confident!" or "Get rid of the people around who think you're not sexy enough, not tall enough, not cool enough! I'll make you strong tonight! You'll dance!" Her simple message of love is utterly convincing.

The truth is she's the first superstar of the Facebook generation. She doesn't simply use the Internet the way all celebrities do now, she's at one with the medium itself, she personifies it. Her celebrity already communicates an immediate connection to YOU — whoever you are, wherever you live. You may feel ugly, alone, sad, sexually repressed, or socially excluded, but that will change because it changed for her ... because of YOU ... She tells you you'll feel sexy and successful and to not care about money, because you will have friends, millions of them, just as she does. She's one of you. Sexy Ugly — one of the neonlights in her shows — says it all, a manifesto to the isolated and unloved.

We always wanted untouchable performers like Ziggy Stardust, Queen, and Elton John to say more than just "Hello, Paris." Lady Gaga's permanent interactions with her fans construct her celebrity by destroying the distinction. She speaks to fans as much as she sings to them. During the show, she blurs the gasp between herself and you. There's something of a true punk spirit in her. To a generation of kids isolated by the Internet and far away from money and access of celebrity (a dream that's replaced political hope). Lady Gaga sends the message of a future with no future. You're all like her, she says. No future is your future and hers, too — desolation's road to dreams.

Text by Olivier Zahm, photography by Terry Richardson

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