*Janet Jackson was asked her thoughts on current pop sensations Lady Gaga and Rihanna during an interview for the Feb/March issue of Wonderland Magazine.
The Q&A, which took place in a conference room in her Upper West Side apartment building, sought her opinion on the fashion sense of both celebrities, and whether or not she feels a need to compete.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Wonderland: Do you feel that with Lady Gaga being so popular that your fashion now has to shock people?
JJ: I think a lot of [what Lady Gaga wears] is really cool. I’m not knocking Gaga in any way, because I’m actually a fan of hers. I don’t know because we’ve never spoken, but when I look at her, I get the vision of Leigh Bowery. I mean, everybody’s inspired by something. Do I think it’s over the top at all? I enjoy it because it’s something kind of different. It’s something new to look at. It’s going to be hard [for her] to keep up with that, but who knows?
Wonderland: How about Rihanna? Does what she’s doing with bandages remind you of any of your previous incarnations?
JJ: Have I done that before? Yes. I’m not saying she’s copying me. Everything is cyclical. They come back around at some point.
Wonderland: Do you have any anxieties about keeping up with Rihanna and Lady Gaga?
JJ: To me, it’s just a matter of being you. And like I said, I don’t know what direction it’ll be, but I can tell there’s a change going on in me. Something good. A lot has happened in my life this year, a lot of changes; I think I’m kind of headed in a different direction for sure, and it’ll show itself to me. As far as keeping up, I don’t look at it like that. It’s really about being who you are and doing what you want to do. I think when you try to keep up with something, it’s not a good thing. You have to express yourself and be the true you.
Read more excerpts from Wonderland’s Janet Jackson interview here.