The Toronto Star gave it a weak review today, likening it to an inferior version of Madonna's book Sex by photographer Steven Meisel. Familiar with both books, I have to agree with the review - while Lady Gaga is currently an influential singer and performer, with some inspiring messages around self acceptance, this is not a great book of photographs. Which is too bad, as Terry Richardson's earlier book, Terryworld, is a very edgy and thought provoking collection of photographs.
Speaking of positive influence though ....did you know that Lady Gaga recently sent a video message in support of anti bullying and tolerance to the Etobicoke School of the Arts? I think it's her messages around bullying and LGBT issues that will have a longer and more lasting impact than her recent book.
There's been quite a bit written about Lady Gaga and her style, although I think the real testament to her popularity are the number one hits, platinum CDs and downloads and the influential and much watched videos - Bad Romance has 430 million Youtube views (and is # 89 on the Youtube top 100), Alejandro has 158 million Youtube views and Born this Way over 83 million Youtube views.
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