A guest of honor at Sunday’s MTV VMAs (and sure to be one at next week’s Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week), TRUST Trivia celebrates Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (AKA Lady Gaga) by helping you become a Gaga-literate intellectual. Here are some facts to get you started:
1. At 15, she appeared on season 3 episode 9 of The Sopranos, “The Telltale Moozadell.”
2. Argentinian designer Franc Fernandez created her famous meat dress. He made the dress out of thin cuts of beef called “matambre,” a Spanish portmanteau deriving from the words “matar” (to kill) and “hambre” (hunger). The dress will not rot, rather, it will dry as jerkey. Eat up!
3. This summer, Gaga trained with globally revered performance artist Marina Abromovic at the Marina Abromovic Institute. There, she learned techniques to heighten her awareness of the present moment, and to perform and observe long durational work.
Master, meet Protégée:
4. Gaga insists that her 2011 hit, “Born This Way,” was channeled to her from beyond the grave by the late great fashion designer Alexander McQueen, and that it was he who wrote it, not her. The two were close friends, and the song was written after his 2010 suicide at age 40. She has been seen wearing his couture on multiple occasions, including her video “Bad Romance,” when she sported the iconic armadillo heels from his final, spring 2010 collection, “Plato’s Atlantis.”
5. The seashell bra she donned during her performance of the 2013 single “Applause” at the MTV VMAs was a reference to Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” (not Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mirmaid”):
…is she sure?
6. “Applause” is also at the top of the chipmunks’ workout playlist on the Kia Soul 2014 commercial:
It’s proven: Gaga’s audience extends beyond the human race.