Being ordinary is overrated.
And apparently for Lady Gaga, being one person is overrated as well — or so I have come to believe.
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has become the flashing 21st century icon for oddities. Adorned with hats made of steaks, lightning bolt makeup and hair shades representative of the entire color spectrum, Lady Gaga is unlike most faces in pop culture.
But is it just one face?
As someone who is not only Photoshop savvy but also aware of the near infinite possibilities digital retouching has to offer, part of me still has to wonder if the Mother Monster herself isn’t getting a little more help than just photo manipulation.
We’ve seen them. Photo after photo of Lady Gaga, and nothing adds up. Her face doesn’t look the same, her nose doesn’t look the same and her hair really never looks the same.
Could it be Photoshop? Sure. But I’m also one to begin wondering, what if there is more than just one Lady Gaga?
What’s most concerning is her shifting facial structure, especially in her cheeks. In her “Poker Face” video, Gaga’s cheeks are more full, with a small button nose. Whereas in her “Just Dance” video, her chin looks smaller and her nose a slightly larger shape — and these were from the same exact album.
Post-production is one thing, but completely altering facial shapes is another.
Lady Gaga, you just don’t add up to me.
Fast forward to her “ARTPOP” promotional album cover. Let’s disregard the fact that the retouchers decided to put anatomy aside and create a photo that doesn’t make sense with her waist disappearing behind her arms to be seen again – nowhere. In the photo of her profile, her button nose is gone, replaced with a straight bridge.
Her makeup artists are either geniuses, or she can’t be a single person.