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

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Courtesy 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