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Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone by Terry Richardson.
Photo: Terry Richardson

Now, it's OFFICIAL. First, a prominent feature in the "Yoü and I" music video. Then, an all-night appearance at the 2011 VMAs. And now, Lady Gaga's dude alter ego Jo Calderone has been immortalized by the white-hot flashbulbs of legendary rock and roll photographer Terry Richardson. This makes Jo, we think, a bit of his own bona fide seperate entity, breathing new and individual light to what had seemed at first a fleeting character (most likely Gaga's aim all along, but we aren't mind readers). Jo's style is simple—white tees, black slacks, Elvis-esque pompadour—but that's what makes him the perfect subject for a Terry Richardson shoot. The photos are classically Terry—beautiful, clean, raw, and REAL. Peep the rest of the photos AND last night's live performance of "Yoü and I" at the 2011 VMAs after the jump!


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Lady Gaga was arguably the biggest style star of the year. She did it all, from transforming herself into a man for the September cover of Vogue Hommes Japan, to showing up in a head-to-toe meat dress at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Between her daring red carpet numbers and her embellished and sculpted performance ensembles, the pop star made headlines every time she stepped out of her hotel room! We can't wait to see how Lady Gaga reinvents herself in 2011, but in the meantime, let’s look back at her top style moments from 2010.


AT THE BRIT AWARDS: Lady Gaga looked almost ghostly at the 2010 Brit Awards, where she showed up in a custom-made Francesco Scognamiglio tiered cape. She stuck with the white theme by wearing a huge wig and lace mask by London milliner Philip Treacy.

Lady Gaga at The Brit Awards in London on Feb. 16.
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AT THE amfAR GALA: The singer showed off another head-to-toe white outfit at the amFAR Gala in New York City last February. Lady Gaga wore a textured white blazer with matching panties, hat and heeled boots. But her body decorations were what had people talking! The pop icon glued white pearls to her face to finish the look. We say, that’s dedication!!

Lady Gaga at the amfAR Gala in New York on Feb. 10.
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ON THE VMA RED CARPET: The pop star paid tribute to the late designer Alexander McQueen in one of his colorful creations at MTV’s 2010 Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga walked the red carpet in a floor-length gown from his Fall 2010 collection.

Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12.
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IN HER VMA MEAT DRESS: Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress was, without a doubt, the year’s most talked about outfit. Designed by Franc Fernandez, the jaw-dropping look was made with REAL beef. And even though Fernandez used more than 50 pounds of meat, the designer said Gaga told him it was one of the most comfortable dresses she's ever worn!

Lady Gaga in the press room at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12.
Photo: PictureGroup


AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS: Lady Gaga was dressed for the Grammy Awards exclusively by Armani Privé. From her lilac solar system dress, to her sparkly green stage number and white lightening bolt look, Gaga stole the show with both her in-your-face style and stage performances.

Lady Gaga at the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31.
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IN FISHNETS: Taylor Momsen, is that you? Lady Gaga reminded us of the Gossip Girl actress in this revealing look that she wore for Lollapalooza in August, which included ripped fishnet stockings and a sheer top. We love how she tried to be modest by covering her nipples with star stickers! Classic Gaga.

Lady Gaga at the 2010 Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago on Aug. 6.
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IN A SHEER BODYSUIT: Gaga continued with the sheer theme during an October performance in Los Angeles, where the pop star sported a see-through body suit adorned with sequins and studs. Lady Gaga carried the embellished look all the way down to her studded booties!

Lady Gaga performs at "We Are Plastic Ono Band" in Los Angeles on Oct. 2.
Photo: Getty Images


WITH SUN HAIR: It wasn’t her outfit (which was relatively tame for the performer), but Gaga’s crazy hairdo that stunned us at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's no wonder Gaga sported dark shades indoors...her hair looked like a big, bright sun.

Lady Gaga at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7.
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IN TOUR OUTFITS: Lady Gaga loved Giorgio Armani’s designs so much that she tapped him to design several of her tour outfits! We can’t get over how colorful, voluminous, and sculptured each piece looked—and Gaga pulled them off fabulously.

Lady Gaga Performs on Tour during the 2010 Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago on Aug. 6.
Photo: WireImage


ON MAGAZINE COVERS: Lady Gaga’s magazine appearances were anything but cookie-cutter. She appeared on the September 2010 cover of Vogue Hommes Japan as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, went topless for her cover shoot with Vanity Fair, and sported a machine gun bra and black thong for Rolling Stone.

Lady Gaga on the covers of Vogue Hommes Japan September 2010, Vanity Fair September 2010, and Rolling Stone July 2010.
Photo: Courtesy of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone


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In a week of shocking magazine cover model transformations — Blake Lively as jailbait for Interview, Sienna Miller as a sexpot for Love, and Britney Spears as a bride for Pop — the BIG ONE just dropped: Lady Gaga posed as a man/alter-ego named Jo Calderone for Vogue Hommes Japan's September issue, an event that was highly anticipated since photos from the shoot leaked in late June. Photographer Nick Knight shot the covers, and it was styled by her stylist Nicola Formichetti, who posted the cover shots on his blog this morning (the full issue comes out September 10).

Inside, writer Jo-Anne Furniss interviewed "Jo," who explained "his" relationship to Lady Gaga as follows: "I met her at a shoot Nick Knight was doing. She's f------ beautiful, and funny, and interesting. I was a little nervous for Nick to start shooting. She said, "Don't be baby, you were "born this way." I took her out after. The rest is private ;) " Honestly, this cover is one of our favorites of all the new September issues. Just when you think Lady Gaga can't out-do her own Gaga-ness, she goes ahead and pushes another boundary, plays with genders and conventions and memes, and continues to prove that it's OK to be different, think different, and do things different. And that's something we need to remind ourselves more often than we do, don't you think?

+ What do you think about the covers? Can't believe it's Gaga? Tell us in the comments!


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