memoirs of a gaga: the v magazine cover series

by Jeremy Danté

through the lens of inez + vinoodh, lady gaga appears for the highly anticipated asian issue of V magazine. a total of four covers will be released & each cover sees gaga, styled by nicola formichetti, outfitted in mugler. known for her over the top approach to style, gaga has changed our peception of musical artistry & challenged our views of beauty while creating a clearer path of relativity between both music & fashion. while i love the covers & admire the styling direction taken- i don’t quite understand how lady gaga fits into the definition of “asian” for the asian issue of V magazine. granted the explosive presence of asian models in fashion this year; wouldn’t it have been more suitable for them to devote an all-asian model cast for the cover series? with models liu wen, shu pei, tao okamoto & fei fei sun slaying the high fashion scene, an asian female model cover series would’ve been more than possible. granted the popularity of gaga, im leaning more towards the fact that she can sell a cover faster, to the masses, than a couple of chicks us fashion kids are screaming for every month in the glossies. with contents that focus on asian models on the inside, beyond gaga, there is much more of this issue that is far more interesting & historical. a year in the making, this is not an issue you want to miss. purchase the hard-bound collectors edition here.

imagesource | formichetti