The controversial singer defends her use of the theatrical body makeup, claiming it's art, and far healthier than having plastic surgery.
She reveals: "I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have. I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.
"I am an artist, and I have the ability and the free will to choose the way the world will envision me."
She also says that once she had become a household name - after winning Grammys, after wrestling with Madonna on Saturday Night Live, after countless magazine covers - she felt pressured to move to the pop-culture mecca that is Los Angeles.
"I had all these number-one records, and I had sold all these albums, and it was sort of this turning point: 'Am I going to try and embrace Hollywood and assimilate to that culture?'"
Suffice to say, it wasn't for her. "I put my toe in that water, and it was a Kegel-exercise vaginal reaction where I clenched and had to retract immediately," she says in a very vivid metaphor!
"I ran furiously back to New York , to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars."