December 22, 2008 12:00 PM

With her Top 5 hit “Just Dance,” this singer, 22, has found The Fame from her clubby debut.

ON HOW SHE GOT HER NAME My producer said I was so over the top and theatrical, like Freddie Mercury, so he used to call me Gaga after the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga.”

ON HER AVANT-GARDE FASHION My intention is to one day have the Lady Gaga exhibit at the [Museum of Modern Art]. Now I can have beautiful origami dresses made instead of gluing mirrors to a $3 bra from Conway.

ON A CLOTHES ENCOUNTER WITH THE POLICE I was on my way to perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago. I was on my bike and I had on hot pants. This cop was like, “You look totally inappropriate. There are children around here.” He was trying to arrest me, but he just ended up giving me a citation.

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