Gaga like Beyonce
Lady Gaga performed at the Roseland Ballroom last night. It was the last of 7 sold out shows and the final show ever before the historic venue closes down. Gaga is a New York City girl. No doubt it meant a lot to her to have this opportunity.
In other Gaga news…
Page Six reported last night that she was a pain in the ass “control freak” at an event last week and insisted that photographers clear their final images with her before releasing them:
Photographers covering an event last week had to agree to give Lady Gaga final approval before any of their images could be released. They were told to “Smooth out her jaw line and thin her arm,” and “Smooth out and thin her legs,” according to one insider.
“They are all complaining she’s a control freak,” the event organizer (said). Kevin Mazur, the Wireimage/Getty photographer who had the exclusive rights to shoot her shows at Roseland, which wrapped up Monday, admits he retouched his images and that Gaga’s management team had final approval. “It’s like with any other artist I work with, and it’s very minimal because we want to get the photos out there right away,” Mazur (said).
He confessed he would remove, say, a drop of sweat, an errant lock of hair or a shiny patch on Gaga’s forehead.
Look, every artist wants to manage his/her image. They are their own products. I get that. And I expect that. Especially from an artist like…Beyonce. Beyonce is selling perfection. Beyonce is selling “flawless”. I’m just…not sure that that’s what Gaga’s been selling me. Gaga’s been telling me that I was Born This Way. That it’s ok if I’m not skinny. That self-acceptance is the goal. That beauty is diverse. OK, but is it REAL?
Because on the other hand, Gaga’s whole…thing…is masks and veils. So you could say she’s been hiding from the very beginning. And that demanding that her images be doctored so that she only shows you what she wants you to see is exactly in line with what she’s all about.
Theo Wargo/ Getty