February 10th, 2011
12:38 PM ET
Millions of Little Monsters may adore her, but it seems Lady Gaga is her own biggest fan.
“Speaking purely from a musical standpoint, I think I am a great performer. I am a talented entertainer," the singer tells the March issue of Vogue magazine. "I consider myself to have one of the greatest voices in the industry. I consider myself to be one of the greatest songwriters. I wouldn’t say that I am one of the greatest dancers, but I am really quite good at what I do.”
While it may sound like she's boasting, Gaga says, "I think it’s OK to be confident in yourself.” And that's exactly the message she's sending fans through not just her music, but also every movement.
“I see myself in them," she says of her Monster following. “I was this really bad, rebellious misfit of a person — I still am — sneaking out, going to clubs, drugs, alcohol, older men, younger men. You imagine it, I did it. I was just a bad kid. And I look at them, and every show there’s a little more eyeliner, a little more freedom, and a little more, ‘I don’t give a f- about the bullies at my school.’"
Touring nonstop for three years, Gaga admits that she's exhausted, yet feels as though she's only just begun.
"I am at that last mile of the marathon when your fingers and your toes are numb and you can’t feel your body, and I am just going on adrenaline," she says. "But in the overarching objective of my life, I am really only at mile two."
Not surprisingly, Gaga doesn't understand people who marvel at how much effort she puts into her career.
"It’s so funny when people say, ‘It’s amazing to see how hard you work.’ We’re supposed to work hard!" she says. "I have the world at my fingertips. I am not going to saunter around the stage doing pelvic thrusts and lip-synching. That’s not at all why I am in this."
Now one of the world's biggest superstars, Gaga insists she's still the same old Stefani Germanotta from New York's Upper West Side.
"Nothing has changed since I have become a star," she says. "I am a real family girl. When it comes to love and loyalty, I am very old-fashioned. And I am quite down-to-earth for such an eccentric person."
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