Mario Testino, Vogue


Mario Testino, Vogue

Photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, Lady Gaga looks like a pink-haired porcelain doll more than an international pop icon. Gaga is obviously in on the joke.

"As funny as it is that I am on the cover of Vogue -- and no one is laughing harder than I am -- I was the girl in school who was most likely to walk down the hallway and get called a slut or a bitch or ugly or big nose or nerd or dyke," the singer says.

Vogue journalist Jonathan Van Meter embedded with Gaga on part of her Monster Ball tour and witnessed the many personalities of the singer, from the Lady to the Gaga. She goes from crazed to poised in the blink of an eye, speaks perfect French and is flirty even when she is covered in fake blood.

Gaga reveals just how intimate and occasionally unhealthy her relationship with her fans can be.

"Sometimes, being onstage is like having sex with my fans," she says. "They're the only people on the planet who in an instant can make me just lose it."

And she never wants her fans to realize that she is actually a human being.

"The other night, in London, I had food poisoning. I was vomiting backstage during the changes," she tells Van Meter in the interview. "I just Jedi mind-tricked my body. 'You will not vomit onstage.' Because I was also thinking, If I do, they are going to think I'm drunk. And I don't want them to think I am human, let alone drunk. I certainly wouldn't want them to think I had something so ordinary as food poisoning."

Not one to be modest, Gaga compares her next album, "Born This Way," to the birth of Jesus Christ.

"After I wrote it, the gates just opened, and the songs kept coming," she says. "It was like an immaculate conception."

Mario Testino, Vogue


For the full interview, head over to Vogue.com.