Markus Klinko: Lady Gaga “Hello Kitty”

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6 min readJul 16, 2022

“To have the very sexy, the very ‘R rated’ Lady Gaga be the spokesperson for the very ‘G rated’ Hello Kitty is bizarre, it’s ridiculous. It’s the perfect shoot.” ~ Markus Klinko

“Lady Gaga, Hello Kitty”, 2009

The stylish and eccentric Lady Gaga was captured in a 2009 London photo shoot for the 35th anniversary of Hello Kitty. The images were shot by celebrity photographer Markus Klinko, who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Iman. Just to name a few!

Left: “Lady Gaga”; Right: “Lady Gaga, The Mask”, 2009

“Lady Gaga is one of the most interesting stars in the world. I was fascinated with her intelligence, the level of artistry and knowledge that she has, not just in her domain as a singer but also photography, fashion and general art.

“Lady Gaga is one of those women, who, like Madonna, have these super glamorous careers, but they are very intelligent and very much in charge of their own careers. Despite the fact that she has a large entourage of people that work for her, she is completely in charge and she dictates exactly how she works. It’s extremely clear after working with her that nobody tells Gaga what to do, she tells people what to do. She was a great collaborator when I worked with her, we had a wonderful exchange of ideas, but she doesn’t have handlers that tell her what to do. A lot of artists have an entourage of people that handle everything for them, do everything for them, tell them what to do, what to wear, how to look, how to smile, how to talk, but definitely not Gaga. She is not contrived. Everything with Gaga comes naturally — that’s just who she is. She is not fake. She is super cool, fun, and is very, very passionate about what she does.” ~ Markus Klinko

“Lady Gaga, The Shoes”, 2009

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