Lady Gaga Is Glamour's Woman of the Year, Says She's Not "Conventionally Beautiful"

Singer also spoke about her body contradictions in the magazine

By Lily Harrison Oct 29, 2013 4:32 PMTags
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Lady Gaga has been named Glamour's Woman of the Year and sat down with Andy Cohen to discuss her feelings on beauty, Madonna and her own body image issues.

When asked whether or not she considers herself beautiful, Mother Monster had a very self-aware response.

"Not conventionally beautiful," she replied. "I've always been OK with that. I'm not a supermodel. That's not what I do. What I do is music. I want my fans to feel the way I do, to know that what they have to offer is just as important, more important, than what's happening on the outside. I'm confident in who I am."

Gaga also explained the hurdles she faces being a woman in a male-dominated industry.

"Being beautiful is not so fun when you're in a business with all men. Because it can actually get in the way," she told the Watch What Happens Live host.

"So in some ways, the outfits—these creations are because I don't want to face the reality of what people want from a female pop star. Everybody always laughs because I feel so much more comfortable with, like, a giant paper bag on my whole body and paint of my face. I reject the idea that I have to take all [the costumes and makeup] off to be f--king authentic."

The "Applause" singer also calls herself a "tortured soul" and addresses the fact that her past experiences with eating disorders contradicts her present-day outfits. Case in point: her most recent body-baring sheer outfit and stripping down to a nude G-string during a London performance.


"I always have been [a contradiction] and some days are better than others, you know? Some days I feel fantastic," she said.

And between her music and boundary-pushing ways, Gaga's been known to draw up a few comparisons to none other than Madonna over the years.

"Who's to say I'm anything like her at all? Who's to say that my ambitions are even the same as hers? Who's to say I'm not an entirely different person?" Gaga questioned. "Because I am. You have to understand, I was a waitress five years ago."

"My ambition was never to rule the world. It was always to change the world."