Lady Gaga Says ‘Born This Way’ Video Shows ‘The Birth Of A New Race’

Singer says the Nick Knight-directed clip was inspired by surrealist painters Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon.

[artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] is known to put a lot of thought into everything from her performance art to her over-the-top outfits and everything in between. Her brand-new video for “Born This Way” is no exception. Shortly before its premiere on Monday (February 28), the pop titan called into BBC’s Radio 1 to dish a few details about the seven-minute clip.

“It’s the story about the birth of a new race,” the pop star told DJ Greg James. “A race that bears no prejudice and a race thats primary sort of ambition in life is to inspire unity and togetherness.”

Gaga also said she was “very proud” of the clip, admitting that her team collectively worked to breathe life into her concept. “I had an absolutely sublime time working on it,” the singer said. “I actually did it with a U.K. filmmaker and very famous fashion photographer Nick Knight. I worked on it with him. I wrote the script for the video and the concept, and between himself and Laurieann Gibson, my choreographer, we really brought the story to life.”

While many have pointed out that “Born This Way” is reminiscent of Madonna’s 1989 classic “Express Yourself,” Gaga was the first to admit that the clip was inspired by a few other creative greats. “It’s very inspired by, especially in the beginning, Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon, the surrealist painters,” she said.

Not only did Mother Monster stress the clip’s symbolism and visuals, but the songstress revealed that she wanted to make a video that would really show what was going on in her head while writing the celebratory ’90s-esque dance tune. “The song is very meaningful to me, so I wanted to make something that would really show what was going on in my head when I wrote ‘Born This Way.’ ”

Hours before the premiere, Gaga took to Twitter to share a mostly black-and-white video still from the anticipated clip, which depicts an evil Gaga pulling a gun out from her thigh area.

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