|Lady Gaga signs autographs as she leaves MIT Museum after directing a photo shoot with Polaroid. (Bizu/WENN.com)
Just in time for Toronto's Pride weekend, when categories and categorizations become completely irrelevant, Lady Gaga has given fans the opportunity to ask the question that she seems to constantly challenge - is beauty really defined by gender?
Pictures released via fashion stylist Nicola Formichetti's blog revealed a photo shoot for Vogue Homme Japan in which male model Jo Calderone is clad in the made-famous-by-James-Dean outfit of a white shirt and dark jeans, posing broodingly for the camera.
The catch? Those in the know are claiming that the model is none other than pop superstar, Lady Gaga. After Formichetti posted shots on his Twitter feed, Perez Hilton re-used them, writing "My husband, Jo Calderone. We are in love!" (Hilton often refers to Gaga as his "wife".)
Known as much for her boundary-pushing outfits as her outrageously catchy songs, Gaga (nee Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is no stranger to questions of gender, having been on the receiving end of a rumour last summer that she was a hermaphrodite.
But rather than let this bother her, Gaga seems to be using this media attention to her advantage, taking the opportunity to find new ways of showing beauty and question cultural assumptions.
Women wearing men's clothing is not exactly groundbreaking. Ever since Katherine Hepburn made trousers her fashion statement in the 1930s, women have been donning tuxedo jackets, suspenders, top hats and many other items considered traditionally male. These outfits, however, were always repurposed for a woman to wear, whereas the images of "Jo Calderone" (shot by famed experimental photographer Nick Knight) position the model into a wholly male form.
So where along this spectrum does Gaga lie? Never a classic beauty, it seems that in her world, the idea of man versus woman may not exist at all.
The pictures from the photoshoot can be seen at www.showstudio.com/blog/45798.