Lady Gaga Dresses as (Nearly Naked) Statue of Liberty

Credit: Mario Testino

Lady Gaga becomes Lady Liberty!

For the "New York Issue" of fashion mag V, the pop superstar puts her edgy spin on one of America's -- and NYC's -- most iconic symbols.

With designer Marc Jacobs close by, the 24-year-old singer has long, blonde hair sculpted into the Statue of Liberty's famous crown; wearing a bra, panties, draped fabric falling off her waist, she holds a burning paper torch.

The star (real name: Stefani Germanotta) was born and raised in the Big Apple.

Explains V editor Stephen Gan of the pic, snapped by photographer Mario Testino: "Just as the Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America, Gaga is, to us, New York's greatest gift to pop culture and fashion...she has become a bonafide genius and we can safely declare her our muse."