Posted by Total Beauty 03/28/13 at 02:23PM
Happy 27th birthday, Lady Gaga! Here's a birthday throwback: Before she was a Fame Monster, she was just Stefani, a girl growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in an Italian family.
Let's forget about the outlandish outfits (meat dress, anyone?) and appreciate Gaga au naturel -- brunette and fresh-faced in an old yearbook pic. It reminds me that Lady Gaga isn't just another pop princess -- she's a dedicated (albeit flamboyant) artist and now philanthropist (her Born This Way Foundation that focuses on youth-empowerment).