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.
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?
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).
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.)
“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 *