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    • Lady GaGa: (On being bullied in high school) I remember going to gym class one day and there was all kinds of profanity written all over my gym locker,... ...Just mine. And it just said the most horrendous, awful things, ranging from sexual orientation to race to religion to social status. And it sticks with you and it hurts. And I went home and I cried. I didn't want to go to school.

    • Lady GaGa: (To all her new fans) I would just want to say thank you, I love you, I appreciate so much the support that you all give me. You listeners, the ones who found me first are, I believe, the future of great art thinkers. Because anyone that's found me now I really think is grabbing on to the ideas that I have, more than anything. It's about the music but it's also about the story. So thank you guys for loving and reading the story and being as into it and as passionate as I am.

    • Lady GaGa: (On the influence the Hilton sisters have had on her) They're very pretty, and very clean. Very, very clean. You know, I never saw Paris, she was older than me, and it's funny that the press always write that I went to school with the Hilton sisters, but I actually only went with Nicky. Paris, I believe, left and went to Dwight. But, you know, it's impressive to be that perfect all the time, these girls. I was always a weird girl in school, who did theatre and came to school with lots of red lipstick on or my hair perfectly curled, or whatever I was doing to get attention. It's funny as it's almost like they were there to make me aware, because so much of what I do now is that I try to twist my world into the commercial community. So I guess they've been quite an influence on me. Not them in particular, but the idea of the self-proclaimed artist.

    • Lady GaGa: (On the impact that Akon has had on her life) Akon is a very talented songwriter to work with. His melodies, they're just insane. It's funny, I think about him a lot when I'm doing my melodies because he's so simple, and he's just been great. He keeps me on my feet, very grounded, but he also puts me on a silver platter, which is always very nice. So it's been an incredible influence. It's like every time you work with somebody that's better that you are, you become greater.

    • Lady GaGa: (On the impact the Pussycat Dolls has had on her life) Well you know, I love a girl in her underwear, first of all. Secondly, I've been writing for them, so Nicole Scherzinger has been in my head for probably the past three months. There's something that's very humbling about being able to write for a powerhouse group like that. Probably the biggest influence that they've had on me is making me want to be a better writer for them.

    • Lady GaGa: (explains fashion inspirations to Sir Elton John in an interview) I'm mostly inspired by shapes, and using the body to create iconography. Leather culture and high-street punk fashion. I would say perfecto jackets occupy most of my fashion thoughts.

    • Lady GaGa: (On being bullied in high school) The boys picked me up and threw me in the trash can on the street, on the corner of my block while all the other girls from the school were leaving and could see me in the trash... ...Everybody was laughing and I was even laughing. I had that nervous giggle ... I remember even one of the girls looking at me like 'are you about to cry? You're pathetic.' That's what it felt like, you're pathetic.

    • Lady GaGa: (On her sense memory) I remember the first time that I drank out of an imaginary coffee cup,... ...That's the very first thing they teach you. I can feel the rain, too, when it's not raining.

      I don't know if this is too much for your magazine, but I can actually mentally give myself an orgasm. You know, sense memory is quite powerful.

    • Lady GaGa: (On her high school nickname "Big Boobs McGee".) [My nickname was] Big Boobs McGee,... ...At that time, my breasts were much bigger, and firm, and delicious. I was 15 to 20 pounds heavier than I am now,... ...I would wear shirts that were low-cut and the teachers would tell me that I couldn't wear them, and I'd point to another girl who was wearing the same thing, [and they would say] 'Well, it looks different on her.' It wasn't fair.

    • Lady GaGa: (On if she likes her lovers to call her "Lady GaGa" during coitus) No. Especially then. No. That would freak me out.

    • Lady GaGa: (On how she got her nickname "Hot Tits") The bra, actually, it was a funny story,... ...When I was speaking to MuchMusic, they were having problems figuring out how to build that subway train and get it on and off the stage. And I said, 'Well, if you can't build my subway train, I'm going to blow my tits up on stage.'

      I was in Hawaii, and I said, 'We need to blow my tits up on stage - I'm thinking conical bra, ode to Madonna, fire.' And David LaChappelle was in the background screaming "Lactate! It should lactate!'

      It was inspired by Helmut Newton. So we built the bra as an in-case the-subway-wasn't-built, but we decided to use both anyway.

      My new name is Hot Tits.

    • Lady GaGa: (about dreaming of being on stage when she was younger) I remember watching shows when I was little and dreaming about being on stage,... ...I want to be that for somebody else.

    • Lady Gaga: I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn't fit in, and I felt like a freak.

    • Lady GaGa: I don't want to sound presumptuous, but I've made it my goal to revolutionize pop music. The last revolution was launched by Madonna 25 years ago.

    • Lady GaGa: The turning point for me was the gay community. I've got so many gay fans and they're so loyal to me and they really lifted me up. They'll always stand by me and I'll always stand by them. It's not an easy thing to create a fanbase.

    • Lady GaGa: (About the MAC AIDS Fund's VIVA Glam campaign, who gets money to fight HIV and AIDS from every VIVA Glam lipgloss or lipstick sold) We want women to feel strong and feel strong enough that they can remember to protect themselves. To have this lipstick as a reminder in your purse, that when your man is laying naked in bed, you go into the bathroom, you put your lipstick on, and you bring a condom out with you...There are no exceptions.

    • Lady GaGa: Writing a record is like dating a few men at once. You take them to the same restaurants to see if they measure up, and at some point you decide who you like best. When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time.

    • Lady GaGa: (after being stopped by police when wearing a flesh-colored skimpy outfit) I guess they weren't really pants at all. But it was really funny because all you saw was this half-naked girl on the street yelling at some cop, "It's fashion! I'm an artist!" It was fun.

    • Lady GaGa: (on the Hilton sisters) Paris and Nicky Hilton went to my school. They're very pretty, and very, very clean. It's impressive to be that perfect all the time. In commercial terms, they've been quite an influence on me.

    • Lady GaGa: (reflecting on her more risqué days) I used to go-go dance and set G-strings on fire, stuff like that. I've changed my act a little now but it's definitely still provocative. It began as more of a burlesque show. Those days will be back soon, don't worry!

    • Lady GaGa: My ultimate goal is to work with fashion designers and do performance pieces on a runway show.

    • Lady GaGa: (when asked which fashion trends she enjoys) I am really inspired by the Italians like Gabbana, Versace and Gucci. But I am looking it in that way and trying to make my own.

    • Lady GaGa: (referring to haters) I don't really give a fuck at the end of the day.

    • Lady GaGa: (in reference to her school, 'Convent of the Sacred Heart School') I used to get in trouble a lot for wearing very low-cut shirts and see-through stuff with bras. And there were definitely some girls that would, you know, drink in the cafeteria and shit like that, and they would get thrown out of school. I never got caught for anything like that. But we were definitely bad kids in a good environment. I mean, I was actually a very good student. I just sort of stuck out like a sore thumb - no different than today. But I value my education a lot. It's interesting because even though in a social way, it was kind of a weird environment to grow up in, in a lot of ways it was great because I'm a really great musician as a result of it.

    • Lady GaGa: A friend of mine - who will remain nameless - who is a gay man, he actually taught me to put baby powder in my bangs when I get sweaty. It makes them look fabulous, because I get gnarly when I perform.

    • Lady GaGa: (about her song, 'Just Dance') If you've ever been so high that it's, like, scary, the only way you can deal with it is not deal with it, so you just kind of dance through the intoxication. I wrote the song the day after I had just flew in from New York to L.A., so I was taken very quickly out of my party lifestyle. I wrote it instantly - like it flew out of my body. I'd been working on this album for two-and-a-half years, and I was at a crossroads with my song writing. I was trying to be so cool with my own music, but I would get better responses when I would write for other artists because I was not trying to be cool. So when I did Just Dance, that was my way of being like, "just fuckin' write a good song. Stop worrying about what's going to fly in the underground. Worry about writing a great record." Actually, that record ended up being more powerful than any of the songs that I racked my brain writing, and after that, it was an influx of record after record. It was almost like a switch went off in my brain, and I figured out how to write a good pop song.

    • Lady GaGa: (on how she became a famous artist) I did this the way you are supposed to. I played every club in New York City and I bombed in every club and then killed it in every club and I found myself as an artist. I learned how to survive as an artist, get real, and how to fail and then figure out who I was as singer and performer. And, I worked hard.

    • Lady GaGa: (about her song, 'Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say')) It is my simple pop song about finding someone new and breaking up with the old boyfriend.

    • Lady GaGa: (about her song, 'Beautiful Dirty Rich') That time, and that song, was just me trying to figure things out. Once I grabbed the reigns of my artistry, I fell in love with that more than I did with the party life.

    • Lady GaGa: In my earlier days of writing for myself, I wanted songs to be more complex. I thought they had to be for me to be taken seriously as an artist. But writing for other people, you get to learn things about yourself and take on their insecurities. Now I can appreciate and incorporate more simplicity in lyrics and melody.

    • Lady GaGa: My goal as an artist is to funnel a pop record to a world in a very interesting way. I almost want to trick people into hanging with something that is really cool with a pop song. It's almost like the spoonful of sugar and I'm the medicine.

    • Lady GaGa: (about the music video for 'Just Dance') I absolutely wanted it to be a reflection of my lifestyle - but through a more pop lens. That's sort of my whole idea: I really want to filter all of my ideas through a pop, commercial lens in order to reach more people – and kind of make a contribution, you know? And for this video, I wanted it to be a house party instead of just doing a typical night club video, which is I think what one might expect from hearing the song. So I wanted to give something that was a bit of a contrast and said something about me and included some of my iconic references – and was also just a really good video that kept it about the song.

    • Lady GaGa: (about her song, 'Paparazzi') On first listen, Paparazzi might come off as a love song to cameras, and in all honestly, on one level it is about wooing the paparazzi and wanting fame. But, it's not to be taken completely seriously. It's about everyone's obsession with that idea. But, it's also about wanting a guy to love you and the struggle of whether you can have success or love or both.

    • Lady GaGa: (about her song, 'Boys, Boys, Boys') I wanted to write the female version of Motley Crue's, Girls Girls Girls, but with my own twist. I wanted to write a pop song that rockers would like.

    • Lady GaGa: I'm a huge fan of Kanye West's record. When he first came out this year [2008] with Love Lockdown, I wasn't really sure, and I listened to it and said, "Gosh, he's really going in a different direction." But it's very kind of Phil Collins futuristic, and the deeper and deeper I got into the album, the more brilliant I thought it was.

    • Lady GaGa: I'm really free-spirited about love and sexuality, which I think is apparent in my music and even the visuals, which are all very androgynous. But the minute you say something about who you are, people think you're just playing the 'edgy card' and that's not what I want people to think of me as. I want them to think fashion, pop culture, avant-garde, fearless - the girl who brought the straight boys into the gay club.

    • Lady GaGa: (in reference to her album, 'The Fame') The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous. Pop culture is art. It doesn't make you cool to hate pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it's a sharable fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this lifestyle.

    • Lady GaGa: (in reference to Queen and David Bowie) I look at those artists as icons in art. It's not just about the music. It's about the performance, the attitude, the look; it's everything. And, that is where I live as an artist and that is what I want to accomplish.

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