Vintage Lady Gaga: when she was “normal.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 17, 2011
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Update, recent, well a year old, beautiful post from her Insta. 100& natural:


Before looking like something else every other night, she looked like this:

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

Before Lady Gaga was Lady Gaga, she was herself:

I’m not a fan, particularly, but if you are, and you haven’t yet seen this…well, check it:


> Lady Gaga gets Biblical.

> “I only need these two things to survive.” < awesome

Lady Gaga was Bullied.

Here’s a newer one of her looking like herself (before she was herself as Lady Gaga 😉 ):


Introvert? Extrovert? She’s both. So are you, most likely:

How to make like Lady Gaga and…find your true and unique calling and success:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


13 Responses to “Vintage Lady Gaga: when she was “normal.””

  1. Gretchen says:

    Norah Jones, look out?? How about, Brittney, Christina, Cher, Madonna, and every other one-name-only female star, look out!

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Cathy Grogan what's "normal"
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 3 peopleLoading…
    Dennis Teston Thanks, Cathy G. I was gonna ask the same thing.
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personLoading…
    Yesica Pineda yes 🙂
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    Juliet Deissroth Apparently she has always been far from normal or ordinary. I'm impressed.
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike
    Kristen Rae normal…pffts.
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    Stephanie Simons I'm not a fan regardless of her outfit. 😉
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    Jose Hurtado de Mendoza She looks way hotter! Hehehe
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    Bret Blumenthal Extremely skeptical and uninterested in anything that has the name gaga anywhere near it…I decided to watch the video posted by EJ…

    What I saw and heard amazed me…I had no idea that she was a talented pianist and composer with a powerul voice. You would never know by the mindless trash i associate her with in my mind. My fault for not knowing, maybe? My question is; what happened to this talented woman and her piano?
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    Spike Aroo Wake up. WAKE UP.
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    Jennifer Marranci She is a visual artist whose expressions sometimes over power her music. Its a shame people can't appreciate that part of her too. It keeps them from hearing just how much musical talent she really has. I think her voice is amazing.

  3. yogijulian says:

    oh – she is so far beyond any of them, especially norah jones! as this stripped down vintage video demonstrates, her understanding of melody, harmony, composition etc are on the level of an elton john, david bowie, nina simone, billie joel, joni mitchell, she has the kind of ability and chops that we don't see much in pop music any more – and the fact that she can package it in an electronic/dance genre and weave in crazy performance art/costumery, as well as political outspokenness – all at like 25 makes her THE pop culture artist of the decade in my opinion!

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  6. Val says:

    Lol… my thoughts, as well… Nora is wonderful, but different category… Thanks for this video, Waylon! Loved watching the Lady! 🙂

  7. katie says:

    What does this post have to do with living a mindful life? What is normal? We all make decisions in our life about our appearance and our career that are deeply personal. More often than not, I'm left questioning the relevance of some of elephant journal's posts to following a spiritual path in the 21st century. The tone can often be interpreted as "holier than thou"

  8. Orange Julius says:

    Shea a clone of Princess Diana and Cleopatra 7

  9. Sari says:

    Music is mindful. It makes a person feel joy, sorrow, peace. It helps a person focus on an emotional side of themselves that sometimes may not be allowed to show in daily life. and this woman played and sang beautifully. Made me wish she still played and sang and looked like that, but the piece brought me joy listening to someone play some beautiful music. Elephant journal says they are dedicated to a mindful existence, not just assisting someone on a spiritual path.

    From their website directly (looking for writers this month): What makes a mindful contribution? Poetry, photos, adventure, green, videos (a great way to, a la Upworthy, share quality with minimal intro—that said, a video plus a quality article, is a consistent winner), family, meditation, Dharma, politics, social good, conscious consumerism, contemplative arts…oh my. You can blog up anything that connects with our mission: to share the mindful life beyond our choir.

  10. ilfauno44 says:

    Katie has a valid point often muffled.

  11. Marie says:

    Back when she was 'normal?' As her career expanded, she just started expressing herself differently. She's bolder and more extravagant, sure, but even as she is now she is hundreds time more normal than many other artists out there. Anyone who's ever read, saw or listened to any interview of her would see and know that.

  12. Nic says:

    So "normal" means "being herself"?
    Bit judgy there, Elephant Journal…

  13. elephantjournal says:

    We don't really know what normal is, which is why the word "normal" is in quotes. 😉 – Ed.