Who is Jo Calderone and what is he doing on the cover of Japanese Men’s Vogue?  Is Jo a man or a woman?  Does it matter?  Hey, waitaminute!  It appears Jo Calderone is actually: Lady Gaga in gender disguise! Are you shocked by this news or bored to crocodile tears?

To my eye, there is no doubt Jo Calderone is Gaga — the nose, the mouth and the profile are clearly hers — but, believe it or not, there is doubt on The Internets questioning if Jo is really a man apart from The Ga.

Do we appreciate Gaga’s gender-bending?  Is she challenging our label of what publicly makes up a man and a woman?  Or is she just merely trying to keep her name in the headlines to keep her Twitter followers growing?

I appreciate Gaga’s sense of wonderment and humor as she challenges the human condition — and I hope we’ll next see her on the cover of Modern Dog Magazine as Frannie, The Transgender Cocker Spaniel.

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  1. Non-coincidence : Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is her given name.

    Jo is, of course, a shortening of Joanne.

    I do see her in Jo Calderone.



    1. Excellent catch, Gordon! I love it that she is twisting up expectation and stereotypical gender roles.



  2. […] and so Stefani purposefully dressed as outrageously as she could to get noticed — even tempting a gender change to pull in headlines and […]



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