Lady Gaga Wants to Be Oprah and More Surprising Revelations From Her Harper's Bazaar Cover Story

02/05/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Lady Gaga Harper's BazaarCourtesy Terry Richardson for Harper’s BAZAAR

Lady Gaga has worn many hats (literally and figuratively) over the course of her career, but the one she most covets is the crown worn by two of the richest women in the United States: noted philanthropist.

“I always think to myself, How do I want to be remembered?” she muses in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “I don’t want to be remembered as anything but brave. The only good intention to make money is to help others. I want to be Oprah. I want to be Melinda Gates. If I ever sell products other than my talents, then it will be to give more to others.”

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For now, though, she’s content to focus her considerable energy on fashion — curating, playing with and maintaining it. And you won’t be surprised to find out that she has a massive clothing storage facility straight out of Cher Horowitz’s dreams. “The fashion I’ve acquired over the years is so sacred to me, from costumes to couture, high fashion to punk wear I’ve collected from my secret international hot spots,” Gaga, who wears Saint Laurent on the cover, says. “I keep everything in an enormous archive in Hollywood. The clothes are on mannequins, also on hangers and in boxes with a photo of each piece, and there’s a Web site where I can go to look through everything … these garments tell the stories of my life.”

Even though her clothes have the most glam digs ever, Gaga herself doesn’t call any one place home. “My ‘home’ is a controversial topic. I don’t exactly have one,” she says, citing her jetsetting ways. “I keep a small rental in New York … I do not keep a lot of clothes here, mostly punk wear. And the three most expensive items I’ve ever purchased, including an actual house: my sable, a strand of diamonds and my Mikimoto pearls.”

For the full scoop on what’s inside her N.Y.C. pad (spoiler: there’s a white baby grand piano) and her deep thoughts on the future of fashion, visit or pick up the new issue, on stands Feb. 18.

What do you think of Gaga’s future plans? Do you wish you could check out her Hollywood clothing archive?

–Alex Apatoff

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Dee on

I love how this article actually talks about nothing…

skbn113 on

Why do almost all women celebrities feel like they have to do the “neckline is really a waistline” plunge?

It’s extremely immoral.

Terry on

Stephenie is too selfish and self centered to be the next Oprah. Never going to happen.

Aimee on

To even be something close to Oprah, people have to relate to you. You’re “one of them.” Who can say that about GaGa? She’s way too over the top for this.