(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga brought a raw meat dress into the MTV Video Music Awards and a giant egg into the Grammy Awards. On Monday night in New York City, however, she failed in her attempt to bring a rat with her into the CFDA Fashion Awards.
Gaga was presented with the prestigious Fashion Icon award at the ceremony, held each year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She told the crowd, "I tried to bring a rat with me, as a tribute to New York City, but they wouldn't let [him] in." Who knows if she was serious -- she also claimed the rat's name was "Black Jesus," which is the title of one of the tracks on her latest album, Born This Way.
Gaga did bring her little sister Natalie with her, as well as one of her signature over-the-top ensembles -- a teal wig, sky-high black platform shoes and a black Thierry Mugler dress that was so low cut that her breasts kept popping out of the top when she posed on the red carpet. At the after-party, Gaga stripped down to a thong, see through bodysuit and some black tape over her nipples, and according to E! Online, she sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Patti Labelle, of all people.
When accepting the fashion award, Gaga spoke about how important fashion is not only to her, but also to her fans. She said, "My fans, some of them don't know who they are. And they have so much trouble...and they wake up in the morning and it's their leather jacket that makes them feel like they can be anyone."
A humble Gaga also reminisced about how, in her pre-stardom days, she'd "save up all her money" to buy vintage Mugler clothing, because, she said, "I had to have it." She told the crowd of famous fashion designers and journalists, "That's really what fashion is all about for me. I already felt like I had made it, before I made it...because it was all of you who made me feel like a star before I was."
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