From Fernando to Alejandro: the Latinos Behind Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is not one to shy away from controversy (Have you seen her new music video for "Judas"?) but now she's taking on a seriously hot button issue for Latinos: Immigration. With the performance of a new bilingual song called "Americano" on her upcoming album, Gaga jumped head first into the debate surrounding SB 1070, Arizona's archaic immigration law. She premiered the tune for the first time on the Guadalajara, Mexico stop of her Monster Ball tour to the roar of approving fans over the weekend and flat out told the local press that she could not “stand by many of the unjust immigration laws" in the United States.

This is not the first time Lady Gaga has stood up for Latinos—from fashion designers to bloggers, some of her nearest and dearest are Hispanic so we can understand why she felt the need to speak her mind.

1. "Americano" Lady Gaga

2. Lady Gaga: Fernando Garibay

Fernando Garibay (The Maestro)
This Mexican music producer, DJ and songwriter –who has helmed numerous hits for megastars like Britney Spears and U2  and is currently a top executive at Interscope Records –is the mastermind behind Gaga’s hugely anticipated sophomore album Born This Way, which comes out May 20.

3. Lady Gaga: Franc Fernandez

Franc Fernandez (The Meat Dress Designer)
Once upon a time, avant-garde Argentine designer Franc Fernandez was known for his styling in videos such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone” and Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness,” but now he’s best known for designing the dress, hat, shoes and purse that Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, which were all—wait for it—made of Argentine skirt steak, bought straight from his family’s butcher. Fashion is important to Gaga and Franc clearly knew what was at stake (pun intended).

4. Lady Gaga: Rick Gonzalez

Rick Gonzalez (The Jesus to Gaga’s Mary Magdalene)
If there’s one Latino that Lady Gaga considers a god, it’s Rick Gonzalez.  The Puerto Rican actor (Old School) was personally asked by Gaga to appear as Jesus in her controversial new music video for “Judas,” and he humbly accepted.

5. Lady Gaga: Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton (The Mouthpiece)
These days, there’s a thin line between journalist and publicist, and Perez seems to always be crossing that line when it comes to Gagita. The Cuban American blogger is the singer’s mouthpiece in many ways, often touting her outfits, songs, and performances. Hilton, who’s known both as one of Gaga’s superfans (and a close friend of the singer’s) not only went to NYU with Gaga, but also supported her way before she hit the big time.

6. Lady Gaga: Alejandro

“Alejandro” (The Latin Lover)
You know the hook: "Ale-Alejandro! Ale-Alejandro!” Gaga’s hit song–which one critic described as a "lush paean to a love that's hot like Mexico”— is about Gaga resisting the urge to give in to the quintessential Latin lover. It’s a futile attempt. We should know.

7. Lady Gaga: Related Links