Life In the Age of Gaga

If Lady Gaga ever enters Second Life (which is highly improbable), she would find herself at home. Her psychics-defying outfits, her outre and untouchable sexuality, her “alienness,” as James Parker calls it in his great essay, “The Last Pop Star,” in this month’s Atlantic.

If Lady Gaga ever walked into SL, I would take her directly over to Eshi Otawara and say, “RL Diva, meet SL Diva.” And I would tell Eshi, “Have at it.” Something would happen, and I lay odds it would be something good.

Life in the Age of Gaga

Eshi’s latest outfit, a nod to feminist representation because it’s an artistic take on a female body part (it’s called the “Deadly Kitten Dress”—get it?), would suit Lady Gaga just fine. How often have we seen the giant male “attachment” in SL, the one the newbies wear running around Neva’s, poking everything in sight, the one that gets constructed over and over again in buildings and forums and blogs (I am speaking somewhat metaphorically here, of course). Isn’t it time we took the female avatar for what it is and make her show what she’s got?

Life in the Age of Gaga

That little gem dangling in the middle there? Yeah, it’s what you think it is. The folds of replicated sculpties surrounding the ensemble and textured with satin ruching? Yep. The furry fronds all around? Yep, those too. Eshi has set the flexi on them so that they take forever to fall into place—kind of like the slow opening and response of the organ which they are meant to decorate. This isn’t slambamthankyouma’am. Eshi, just like Lady Gaga, keeps giving us a great show. And just like Lady Gaga, there’s a lot more to it than shock value (though that does play in).

Life in the Age of Gaga

So what are we to make of this overt representation? And how is Eshi like Lady Gaga? They are both women, women whose aim is to take their visibility, make art of it and make more of it than has ever been done before. (This is why Parker calls Lady Gaga “The Last Pop Star” in his article. He thinks she will never be topped. I am not sure Eshi will either.)

Life in the Age of Gaga

“Watching her stalk onstage with her retinue, one has a particular sensation—of aberrant sensibilities on the march, rive gauche visions, a whole underworld of transgression breaking the surface.” ~ James Parker

Hair: [LCKY] Daikirai – Black by Olli Braveheart for [LCKY]

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup4(D Brows)hairbase and [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_German Red by Minnu Palen for Lelutka

Ensemble: Deadly Kitten Dress – Red by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara *

Purple Crush

Sometimes you just want to look fantastic. Nothing more than that. You just want to strut around in something completely impractical, bringing the attention down upon yourself.

Purple Passion

Take a trip over to djod Karu’s store, Diram, and get a gander at all the Lady Gaga and Beyonce and Britney take offs and take your pick. I chose this one with its four different bottoms (pants, two stocking styles, and nothing at all) to take a strut around the sims. With the wicked leather-textured jacket, great sculpty prims, and flexi garters hanging down (those alone were worth the outfit), I can strut my stuff all over the grid.

Purple Passion

Pair it with skin from Tuli, boots from Bax, delicious nails I got for almost nothing at a hunt on the Starlust sims, and great poses from Fanny Willis, and I am good to go.

I feature a rock n roll hair from Olli Braveheart, whose store I found while doing the Crazy Arse Hair Hunt. Olli screwed up the hunt item (didn’t set it for sale and now did and rehid it and I am too arsed to search again), but I did notice the fine hair on the wall and got this topper, which puts just the right amount of edge on the look.

Purple Passion

Rock n’ roll is dream soup, what’s your brand? ~ Patti Smith

Hair: [LCKY] Cait – black by Olli Braveheart for [LCKY]

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 07a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: ** DIRAM ** NOA Attire-purple by djod Karu for DIRAM

Nails: :Fusion: Silver Ring and nails by adria Joubert for :Fusion:

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Purple Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Poses from Fanny Willis  for *EverGlow* *