"It's crazy knowing that the biggest star in the world was inspired by me," the Mirror quoted Starlight, real name Colleen Martin, as saying. "But I was the one who told her to take her trousers off because I rarely wore any myself. She's always been so great on talking about me. "Giving credit where it's due rarely happens in the music industry, but Gaga has always done that and I'm very grateful for that," she said.
The two had met and become friends on Gaga's 20th birthday, and they teamed up and named their act Lady Gaga and the Starlight Review, wearing tiny bikini tops and sequinned knickers. Starlight, now 34, taught Gaga, real name Stefanie Germanotta, how to make over-the-top outfits.
"The outfits were quite often stuck together with glue. Sometimes they held up and sometimes they fell apart on stage. We always wanted the flashiest garments possible... and to be as naked as possible," Starlight said. "She was already working on her album and a lot of what's on The Fame were songs that we've performed. "As I'm 11 years older than Gaga, I do see myself as her mentor. And I know that my love of all things British must have rubbed off on her," she stated.
Lady Gaga has also spoken fondly about their friendship, recalling times they spent together. "Lady Starlight and I would spin vinyl in my apartment, sewing our bikinis for the show and listening to David Bowie and the New York Dolls," Gaga said. Starlight, who is still DJing and appearing at clubs with Gaga's ex Luc Carl, says she doesn''t care that she has been left behind. "My style, performance art and DJing inspired her persona. Now she''s gone on to become a global phenomenon and I''m so proud," she added.
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