Everything that performance artist Lady Gaga (AKA: GaGa, Mother Monster, Stephanie Germanotta, Germ) touches turns into solid gold. She was born in "The Big Apple" on March 28, 1986, and slowly crawled her way to the top of the pop charts. In every sense of the word, Gaga is a businesswoman who understands that, the moment she steps foot outside her bedroom, the world is her stage . Her elaborate costumes and outfits have been the talk of the town since the debut of her 2008 album The Fame
magazine has named her one of the most influential people in the world and she admits to being heavily influenced by the music and antics of rock band Queen, as well as Madonna
and David Bowie. Her songs have won Grammys, more than a dozen MTV Video Music Awards, and she was named Artist of the Year by Billboard in 2010. Like famous models Kate Upton
and fellow pop tart Miley Cyrus
, Lady Gaga has been photographed in the nude by famed celebrity
photographer Terry Richardson on numerous occasions. He even toured with Gaga at one point to photograph her life backstage. Gaga is an extremely talented musician who is accomplished not only with her vocals, but also on the piano. She is known to give speeches on the Internet and at her concers to encourage her fans, who she affectionately calls her "Little Monsters," to be true to themselves and find their own inner strength through music and songwriting. Gaga supports gay rights and is an extremely outspoken activist on LGBT
matters. Her natural talent and love for her art appears to know no bounds.