Lady Gaga Covers V, Makes Column Début

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Triple threat: Lady Gaga on the cover of V Magazine's Asian Issue.

This just in: Lady Gaga loves Japan ... and journalism!

Styled by longtime stylist/Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti and photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the pop star dons manga girl-style black pigtails (and three heads) for the cover of V Magazine's Asian Issue.

Issue #71 also sees the outspoken singer pairing a seriously sexy black corset-and-panty set with garters (from Mugler, naturally) with Far East-inspired facial embellishments and her "We Pray for Japan" charity bracelets, which she claims have raised more than $2 million for Japanese relief efforts.

In an interview with Elton John (who reportedly appointed her as his child's godmother), Gaga dishes on her other passions, music and fashion.

"I’m mostly inspired by shapes, and using the body to create iconography," she tells John. "Leather culture and high-street punk fashion. I would say perfecto jackets occupy most of my fashion thoughts."

And because one pop star playing journalist is never enough, the issue also marks Gaga's début as a magazine columnist.

Armed with a hefty word count, the recent Harper's Bazaar cover star pontificates on everything from her Hussein Chalayan egg costume at the Grammys (designed to "reinterpret the meaning of birth and rebirth in terms of fame on a f---ing red carpet"), to rocking a side ponytail as a baby, to her life as a style "librarian."

"Glam culture is ultimately rooted in obsession, and those of us who are truly devoted and loyal to the lifestyle of glamour are masters of its history," the 25-year-old writes. "Or, to put it more elegantly, we are librarians. I myself can look at almost any hemline, silhouette, beadwork, or heel architecture and tell you very precisely who designed it first, what French painter they stole it from, how many designers reinvented it after them, and what cultural and musical movement parented the birth, death, and resurrection of that particular trend. So dear critics and bullies: get your library cards out, because I'm about to do a reading."

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Face the music: Gaga transforms herself ... once again.

For more special features on Gaga, visit V Magazine online and pick up Issue #71, out now.