Lady Gaga’s 19-Year-Old Self Told Her to Call Jeff Koons

Time sure flies when you’re having fun trying on Tiffany jewels with Karen Elson and attending plastic surgery runway shows, which is why we were more than a bit taken aback when we stumbled upon Elle‘s October issue. Weren’t we just rounding up all the September covers, like, yesterday?

Normally, we’d consider the half of Lady Gaga‘s noticeably more angular face and missing “L” passé, but who can really resist shocking-pink Schiaparelli raccoon fur against chartreuse silk faille? (Answer: Not us.)

Also noteworthy are the typically out-there Gaga-isms the Artpop chanteuse — excuse us, artist — spews, such as how she went about going “back to the core”:

“I went to look back to myself being 19, with all my Warhol books and all my Yoko Ono and John Lennon CDs, my Rolling Stones CDs and my Bowie …, and I said, what would she want me to do right now? Well she’d want you to call Jeff Koons and Robert Wilson and Marina Abramović and Inez and Vinoodh … And that’s what I did!”

And how hard her earlier life really was:

“Everyone is so cynical — that I can’t purely love my fans, or share an honest story about my past, without someone asking me if I really, truly struggled. Do you know how much dirt I ate? Do you know the men I had to crawl through, the people that disrespected my body, my mind, my heart?”

So OK, we’ll totally read this whole interview when it’s out, but for the time being, here are the rest of the images (and a quote about Rocky!) from

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