When seeing Gaga on the cover of VOGUE Hommes Nippon this month nude and covered in meat, my inexplicably encyclopaedic knowledge of America's Next Top Model kicked in.
I couldn't help but be reminded of the photoshoot contestants did in New York's meat packing district wearing, well... meat...
ANTM Cycle 10 winner Whitney Thompson wearing beef underwear in 2008
In the same publication Gaga also poses as her male alter-ego Jo Calderone.
Lady Gaga as "Jo Calderone"
Again in Cycle 8 of ANTM (2007) they had a Drag King photoshoot.
Tyra Banks posing as a man in 2007.
Mock ANTM all you want, you can't deny its influence. There's a reason it has been around for seven years, and it really is improving (with a little help from Andre Leon Talley, no doubt his involvement has had something to do with the show being taken more seriously, especially now since the winner gets a spread in VOGUE Italia rather than Seventeen magazine).
Cycle 15 Premieres on September 8th. Bring it.