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    Updated on Aug 20, 2018. Posted on Aug 19, 2018

    26 Things Lady Gaga Did During "The Fame" Era A Decade Ago

    Disco sticks, hair bows, and so much self-tanner.

    Hi, you've probably heard of Lady Gaga. She's Italian. Well, before she was winning Golden Globes, headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, and briefly becoming the spirit of her dear-and-departed aunt Joanne—she set out to change the world "one sequin at a time" in support of her debut album, The Fame.

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    Well, The Fame just turned 10, and it is TIME to look back at how absurd and amazing that era really was.

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    1. If I had to sum it all up in one picture it looked like this but I'm far from done, so get comfortable.

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    2. There were a lot of these origami outfits, usually paired with a spray tan and this wig.

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    The wig budget was smaller then, okay.

    3. And false eyelashes with hand gestures over her eye. This probably had ~something~ to do with the Illuminati, idk. 14-year-old me wasn't asking questions.

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    4. There were also plenty of hoods, bodysuits, and sunglasses.

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    5. Remember the disco stick? Yes, it was a metaphor for a penis but Stefani Germanotta commits to a visual and is still lugging that thing around 10 years later.

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    6. She wore a lot of hair bows, which spawned countless tutorials on how to tie them (apparently, they just knotted your hair most of the time).

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    *This photo technically is from The Fame Monster era, but it's her best hair bow so let me have this.

    7. Another staple was David Bowie-inspired lightning bolts painted onto her face.

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    8. Lady Gaga used to be friends with Perez Hilton.

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    I don't have the time, energy, or legal team to get into what happened there.

    9. And she opened for New Kids on the Block.

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    She wrote a few songs for them and was featured on "Big Girl Now," which they performed together.

    10. And The Pussycat Dolls.

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    11. She released this Christmas song filled with innuendo about how her very own Christmas tree is "delicious."

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    For educational purposes, we only talk about the demo of "Christmas Tree" in this haus, where she starts belting about milk and cookies towards the end.

    12. One time, Stef dressed up in Kermits as a "commentary on not wearing fur."

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    13. Sometimes, she stood up on a piano bench, bent over and continued playing the piano. Sometimes, she did that while wearing a bubble dress.

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    14. In general, she did a lot of showstopping acoustic performances of her early hits.

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    15. Like this one time she sang a haunting version of "Just Dance" to her blood-soaked VMA costume.

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    Yeah, yeah, we're getting to the VMAs.

    16. Like I mentioned, there weren't that many different wigs, but the Haus of Gaga must have spent good money on sequins and hot glue.

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    17. One time, she covered Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and basically re-wrote the whole damn song.

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    Notably adding "Be my Chris and I'll be your Gwyneth" (pre uncoupling), "I'm just a Gaga on a lonely string," and changing Saint Peter to Yves Saint Laurent.

    18. Oh, she appeared on SNL in a skit with Madonna.

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    Long before "reductive" drama over "Born This Way," the pop queens pulled each other's hair live from New York.

    19. Gaga was a very public advocate for LGBT rights from the beginning.

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    "They say that this country is free and they say that this country is equal—but it is not equal if it is sometimes. Obama, I know that you're listening. ARE YOU LISTENING?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?"

    20. And referenced Joanne way back then.

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    Most digital booklets for The Fame included "For a Moment," a poem written by the OG Joanne.

    22. Oh, but our dear pop star also had a vlog called Transmission Gagavision that documented her rise.

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    She brought back versions of Gagavision during the Born This Way and ARTPOP eras. There are over 40 episodes, so enjoy the rabbit hole. She just compiled them all for The Fame's "digitial time capsule."

    23. Okay, the internet didn't get a hold of this video until years later so I don't expect you to remember it but there's no time like the present and here's the first time she met Katy Perry (at a train station in Paris of all places).

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    24. Finally, there's that time she invented award shows when she bled to death on national television during the 2009 VMAs.

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    24. I can hear this photo.

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    25. And I see this one in my nightmares.

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    26. Anyway, she also won Best New Artist that night and said the award was "for God and for the gays" while Eminem stood in disbelief beside her.

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    Thank you for coming to my TED Talk now go listen to The Fame and tell Miss Ga we're waiting for LG6.

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    No, like, really? What are you up to sis? 👀

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