Lady Gaga has finally released the music video for her latest single, “Applause,” directed by fashion photography powerhouse Inez & Vinoodh. Since the singer is currently preoccupied with a supposed “exchange” between arts and pop culture (as if one would somehow make the other better?), the video is predictably… arty.
It’s also kind of incoherent–a pastiche of performance, dance sequences and costumes for costumes’ sakes. But since Gaga is some kind of Russian nesting doll of pure expression and radio-friendly hooks–”art’s in pop culture in me”–we know that even her seemingly random fashion and beauty decisions have artistic value.
Using our two and a half semesters of art history class at the junior college, we’re here to guide you through some of the video’s most noteworthy looks.
1. This makeup
She’s a blank motherfuckin’ canvas!
2. The bare-faced makeup
It’s not about the mascara, it’s about the mascara she’s not wearing.
3. She’s Little Edie and Marilyn Monroe
It’s a scathing commentary on fame and stuff!
4. Pixie cut, cheekbone contour lines
Oh, she’s also a bird.
5. She emerges from a giant top hat wearing wacky clothes
Is that Alexander Wang‘s Balenciaga collection under there?
6. …And she has a goddamn tail
We almost forgot to mention.
7. She wears a clamshell bikini.
8. There’s a bit of nip
9. She has wings
Would actually fit right in on the Victoria’s Secret runway.
10. It kind of looks like she’s wearing a prosthetic penis