Our 2009 shoot with the Lady Gaga was a dizzying, twisted, intoxicating encounter with the first lady of the dance floor at the peak of her power—and she was just in her early twenties at the time.
At least it seemed like she was at the peak, then.
But today, a decade later, she's not just a pop mega-star, Gaga—born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986—is also an Oscar-winning (for Best Song) songwriter and Academy Award-nominated actor. She's a noted activist and respected artist. She is, in short, still killing it.
And at 33, she's still got many years to go to keep wowing us with her talents.
On her birthday, let's take a look back and relive the spectacle that was Gaga in Maxim: