Everyone’s got to start somewhere. Before Lady Gaga became a world-famous, chart-topping superstar with an army of “little monsters,” Stefani Germanotta was a young woman in New York City trying to get a break in the entertainment business.
Here are 10 amazing photos of Lady Gaga before she was famous. You can’t help but notice the black hair, pre-surgery nose and low-budget outfits. You’ve come a long way, Gaga!
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986 to an Italian-American family living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
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Stefani began playing the piano at the age of four and started to perform at open mic nights in New York City by the age of 14. At her private Catholic high school, she landed roles in school productions of Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. At the time, she even got a small role on HBO’s The Sopranos.
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After high school, Stefani got into for the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), a musical theater training conservatory at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. At age 17 she was living in the NYU dorms on 11th Street in Manhattan. After two years, she dropped out to start performing.
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Living on a tight budget in a Rivington Street apartment, she started recording songs and began the “Stefani Germanotta Band” (SGBand) with some friends from NYU. They played in bars like Greenwich Village’s The Bitter End and the Lower East Side’s Mercury Lounge.
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19-year-old Stefani was actually signed to Def Jam Records in September 2006 but quickly dropped after only 3 months.
During a tough period, Stefani started go-go dancing at bars like St. Jerome’s, on Rivington Street, doing “neo-burlesque” shows dressed in little more than a bikini. At that time she also met a heavy metal drummer who became the boyfriend and later, ex-boyfriend that majorly influenced her career and songs.
Finally going by the name Lady Gaga, inspired by a Queen song, she met performance artist Lady Starlight. The pair began performing together and were invited to appear at the 2007 Lollapalooza music festival.
While Gaga and Starlight were busy performing, Gaga was working independently on songs of her own with two producers and was signed to a subsidiary of Interscope Records in 2007. Gaga was hired to write songs for Britney Spears, Fergie and The Pussycat Dolls. By the end of 2007 Gaga had her first record deal, having relocated to Los Angeles. Her first album was released in 2008.
1. $230 million
2. The Fame, Born This Way, Artpop, Cheek to Cheek
3. Taylor Kinney
4. On her thigh
5. 2010 MTV Video Music Awards