Lady Gaga graces the cover of FASHION Magazine's FEBRUARY 2014 issue

PHOTOGRAPHY BY INEZ AND VINDOOH AND STYLED BY BRANDON MAXWELL, LADY GAGA WEARS A JACKET, PRICE ON REQUEST, BY COME DES GARCONS AND GLASSES, PRICE ON REQUEST, BY EARLY HALLOWEEN. HAIR BY SHAY ASHAUL BY TIM HOWARD. MAKEUP BY YADIM FOR ART PARTNER. MANICURE BY JIN SOON CHOI FOR JED ROOT.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY INEZ AND VINDOOH AND STYLED BY BRANDON MAXWELL, LADY GAGA WEARS A JACKET, PRICE ON REQUEST, BY COME DES GARCONS AND GLASSES, PRICE ON REQUEST, BY EARLY HALLOWEEN. HAIR BY SHAY ASHAUL BY TIM HOWARD. MAKEUP BY YADIM FOR ART PARTNER. MANICURE BY JIN SOON CHOI FOR JED ROOT.

Last month, I was sitting at my desk doing media tracking for Canadian Family magazine, FASHION magazine, Glow magazine, and Weddingbells magazine when I overheard (well, being in an open-spaced office, you overhear everything!) editors say we landed Lady Gaga for our February issue of FASHION. My eyes instantly widened out of excitement that we actually landed someone epic! I mean, last month's issue with Courtney Love was cool but it didn't get many media pick ups. It kind of just died down after a few weeks.

With that being said, the female Don, formerly known as Stefani Germanotta is a living, breathing canvas and she sat with FASHION's features editor Elio Iannacci to talk about her latest obsessions and her current album, Artpop,  before her upcoming world tour. Here is a sneak peak of the exclusive interview in FASHION Magazine—which will hit newsstands on January 13, 2014.

On her intimate relationship with fashion:

“Fashion is that thing that saved me from being sad. I’ve always cared about my costumes and my clothes. When I leave my apartment I like to look pretty for my fans but not [in a] hot sexy girl [way]—I don’t care about that, I just want to make you feel something with what I wear. I want you to feel happy and enjoy the theatre of my life the way that I do. No matter what happens with my music and wherever I go that—that heart of that glamorous girl in New York will never be gone. This is who I am and it’s never been an act and it’s never been marketing. This is me all the way to my core and fashion is a big part of my life.”

On battling depression by making music:

“I put all my pain into my work and as joyful as this album is, this joy and if you look at the album cover there’s an explosion of joy that is coming from a place of intense sadness that’s been in my heart since I was younger and this is why we understand each other because I was not born happy, naturally always joyful or believing in myself. I was born with a sad heart. I didn’t feel alive unless I was on a stage.”

On the power of Donatella Versace:

“I don’t always have anyone to look up to. It can be kind of lonely because you know some people have been very accepting of me as an artist and some people haven’t. Seeing  where Donatella is and how far she’s come and continues to go makes me feel like I have a role model. I have somebody I can look up to and say ‘I can be that’ or maybe I can at least try.”

On finding Mr. Gaga:

“It has been hard for me to find it but I have found love. When you meet someone that’s not intimidated by the amazing people that are around you [or] by the love that you receive—that’s love. Men weren’t always happy for me. It was very challenging to watch a woman be so successful.”

To read our cover story, pick up the FASHION Magazine February 2014 issue starring Lady Gaga, available on newsstands or digitally on January 12, 2014.

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