Lady Gaga steps out in punk rock platform boots for Born This Way Day

The singer celebrated the 10-year-anniversary of the self-love anthem

Singer Lady Gaga attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom
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Lady Gaga blessed fans with a surprise appearance in West Hollywood wearing a punk rock-inspired outfit, which included a pair of knee-high purple boots that we're obsessed with.

The House of Gucci actress had just finished filming in Europe and made her first in-person US appearance in West Hollywood. The event was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Born This Way album which has become an anthem in the LGBTQ+ community.

Along with celebrating her album's anniversary, the mayor of the city also recognized her for her LGBTQ+ advocacy by awarding her the key to the city and even declared May 23, officially, Born This Way Day.


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What does it mean to receive a key to a city?

According to Brown University, receiving a key to a city comes from a medieval tradition, which is meant to symbolize trust and honor. While the key doesn't actually open anything, it key represents the "freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of city residents."

Lady Gaga now joins Stormy Daniels who also accepted a key to West Hollywood back in 2018.

Bobby Campbell, City of West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath, Lady Gaga and David Cooley pose on stage as "Born This Way Day" is declared in the city of West Hollywood in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" on May 23, 2021 in West Hollywood, California.

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As exciting as this day was, we couldn't take our eyes off of Lady Gaga's impressive boots. The star's chosen 'fit for the day was very grunge-inspired, featuring a long graphic tee from her past Urban Outfitters merch collection, ripped fishnet tights, and custom platform boots from Demonia that truly stole the show.

Gaga's hair was also very reminiscent of Amy Winehouse's signature 'do, a half-up half-down style similar to the beehive the late singer almost always wore.

Lady Gaga poses on the "Born This Way Day" street mural as Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath and Lady Gaga declare "Born This Way Day" in the city of West Hollywood in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" on May 23, 2021 in West Hollywood, California.

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Lady Gaga is known for her iconic fashion choices and this one is definitely up there with her best looks; the star was all smiles for the event and wasn't shy to show off her outfit. 

Surrounded by fans, she spent the day taking photos and reflecting on her past album, which won the People's Choice Award for favorite album in 2012. She also let loose and posed on the Born This Way street mural to commemorate the day.

Lady Gaga poses on the "Born This Way Day" street mural as Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath and Lady Gaga declare "Born This Way Day" in the city of West Hollywood in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" on May 23, 2021 in West Hollywood, California.

(Image credit: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga ended the night on a nostalgic note, taking to social media to reflect on the album's inspiration and origins.

"Born This Way, my song and album, were inspired by Carl Bean, a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being “Born This Way.” Notably his early work was in 1975, 11 years before I was born," she captioned the photo. 

She then went on to thank her fans for their love, bravery, and for continuing to give her a "reason to sing" all these years later.

"Thank you for decades of relentless love, bravery, and a reason to sing. So we can all feel joy, because we deserve joy," she wrote. "Because we deserve the right to inspire tolerance, acceptance, and freedom for all."