In fact this guise, known as Jo Calderone, is a male alter-ego creation of Gaga (and stylist Nicola Formichetti's). He's an attitude-rich toughie not likely to take any nonsense. The picture serves as the cover of the singer's latest single, "Yoü and I."
As for the inspiration behind the look, Gaga explained via Twitter: "You will never find what you are looking for in love, if you don't love yourself. #You&ISingleCover." (She also Tweeted the the photo.)
– Stephen M. Silverman