She may be fashion's new phenom, but the Lady known as Gaga is one heck of a musician and artist. Her latest music video for single "Alejandro," directed by famed fashion photographer Steven Klein, debuted on Monday.
As told to MTV.com, director Steven Klein talks about the video's influences:
"I was not thinking in terms [of influences.] I saw it more as a combination of cinema and theater," Klein wrote. "[It is] about a woman's desire to resurrect a dead love and who can not face the brutality of her present situation. The pain of living without your true love."
About the religious controversy and use of blasphemous images, Klein says:
"The religious symbolism is not meant to denote anything negative, but represents the character's battle between the dark forces of this world and the spiritual salvation of the Soul," Klein wrote. "Thus at the end of the film, she chooses to be a nun, and the reason her mouth and eyes disappear is because she is withdrawing her senses from the world of evil and going inward towards prayer and contemplation."
Klein added that the scene in which Gaga ingests the rosary beads is meant to represent "the desire to take in the holy."