Lady Gaga's Drag King Alter-Ego Returns On "Yoü And I" Single Cover
Male model Jo Calderone is back! On Friday, Lady Gaga tweeted the cover for her latest single "Yoü And I" featuring Calderone's disheveled, greaser good looks. The song is country-infused homage to her on-and-off boyfriend, musician and bartender Luc Carl, and his home state of Nebraska.
In summer 2010, images of Calderone hit the Internet and immediate speculation popped up that it was Lady Gaga in disguise--which the singer denied. Calderone appeared on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan, one of the most avant-garde of the Vogue publications, with a accompanied by a interview that described him as a 21-year-old, Sicilian, muscle-car-loving mechanic who modeled for fun. (Really, what "for fun" model gets a Vogue cover?!) Calderone said he and Gaga met at the photo shoot, that took her out afterwards, and "the rest is private."
It later became clear that Calderone was really an embodiment of Lady Gaga's perfect man, but the photos of her in drag certainly made me double-take. Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti being the Fashion Director for Vogue Hommes Japan made this an easy case to crack in the end. Without her multi-layered trappings of feminine eccentricity, Gaga of course looks completely different, but still intriguing. Only Gaga can pull off modeling as a man on the cover of a reputable men's fashion magazine.
The music video for "Yoü And I" will soon be posted on her Twitter as her 1,000th tweet--she's at 992 at publication time. Social media-savvy, as always!
To present Spears with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Lady Gaga dressed as her drag king alter-ego Jo Calderone. When Spears walked on stage, the two shared a polite smooch. A few minutes later, Gaga tried to recreate Spears' infamous 2003 Madonna liplock, but Spears pulled away saying she had already done that. Gaga looked disappointed