Happy Birthday, Lady Gaga! See a New Photo of the Star Before She Was Famous

Meghan Blalock
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Happy Birthday, Lady Gaga! See a New Photo of the Star Before She Was Famous
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While it may seem like Lady Gaga and everything she embodies—theatrical weirdness, painfully high heels, and floor-length wigs—have been in the pop culture sphere for literally ever, but in fact Gaga (neé Stefani Germanotta) is still little more than a budding flower. The star whose wisdom seems to surpass her age is only celebrating her 28th birthday today.

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There’s no shortage of old photos of Gaga when she was still Stefani, but recently the pop star herself shared an as-yet unseen photo of a younger Gaga with the following caption: “A stranger took this picture of me in 2008 on the LES in NY, before I was ever a star.” He snapped the photo on August 21, 2008, less than six short years ago. Check it out:

She and her team found that stranger photographer who randomly snapped a photo of her, and used his image in the posters for her upcoming Roseland Ballroom shows. The caption, which we assume is what Gaga told the photographer: “I am Lady Gaga, a singer/songwriter. You’re doing to know me one day.”

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We wish Gaga nothing but the happiest 28th birthday, and many more! Click through the gallery above to see more of the looks Gaga has served since she became famous.

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Dressed all in red, her platforms add an extra ten inches, at least. (We wonder if she brought the matching red Coleman cooler with her, too). (Getty)

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Gaga attends a MTV Video Music Aid Japan charity event in tights and stud-covered floating booties that seem to be impossible to walk in. (Getty)

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Just hanging out in London wearing the Mona Lisa and patent leather stripper shoes. (Getty) 

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Striking a pose in London in turquoise heels. (Getty) 

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Do these shoes come with their own walking assistant? Because they should. (Getty) 

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Gaga wore these to a taping of "Good Morning America," as you do. (Getty)

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Gaga goes for a Versaille-inspired get up in Alexander McQueen's famous armadillo heels. (Getty)

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Having a very Edward Gagahands moment in pearl-embellished heels. (Getty) 

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Going for a "dotty grandmother" vibe in purple platforms. (Getty) 

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Sorry, but we had to: Here's Gaga's meat booties. (Getty) 

This may just be the literal definition of "camel toe." (Getty)

Well what shoes would you wear to match your giant seashell umbrella, hmm? (Getty)

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Strappy sandals are the way to go on cobblestone streets (said no one ever). (Getty)

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We're not quite sure what the process of getting from sitting down to standing up in these heels is, but we'd definitely like to see it attempted. (Getty)

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It's not at all surprising that she'd want to go barefoot sometimes, right? (Getty)

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