By GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN
Colourful crew: Lady Gaga blends in with her little Taiwanese fans as she is welcomed to the country by a stripey bunch of children
She is known for her outlandish and colourful outfits.
But Lady Gaga was given a run for her money yesterday in the fashion stakes - by a group of children.
The pop star was in Taiwan, her first visit to the country, as part of her tour of the Far East, and was greeted by the youngsters at a welcoming ceremony.
The indigenous children, who come from the Tai Ya tribe in eastern Taiwan, looked adorable in their red stripey outfits, blue shorts and headbands as they arrived to celebrate 'Lady Gaga Day'.
Just dance: Gaga waved her hands ion delight as the children showed off their moves
But it was their faces that made them really stand out as they showed off painted on beards in a criss cross pattern.
The singer, dressed in a red trouser suit with leopard print arms, matching bag and towering heels, looked delighted with her welcome party as they children danced and sang for her at the ceremony.
You're so cute: The pop star looked rather taken with the children
The ceremony, which took place in Taichung, saw the singer presented with a key to the city by Mayor Jason Hu, a brush painting of herself by local artist Chen Hua, and a dance presentation by the group of children.
She was also presented with a necklace from the children and said the gifts were 'so overwhelmingly, thoughtful and generous.'
She added: 'I will cherish them forever and I will always remember today. I would just like to tell you that you did a beautiful job in that performance. And you are so young and full of life.'
Our gift to you: A little boy gets a hug from the singer after he gives her a necklace
Little Monsters: Gaga and her new fans huddle in together for a group hug
The 25-year-old is in Taiwan for five days and last night she performed for 6,000 people at Taichung City's Fulfillment Amphitheater.
Today she was presented with more gifts and yet another warm welcome as she arrived in Taipei.
She was awarded a specially presented three disc souvenir of her new album Born This Way and a hand-painted paper lantern from 90-year-old folk art maestro Wu Dun-hou, which was adorned with a dragon, a colorful map of Taiwan and words of blessing.
Thank you so much: Gaga waves at the cameras as she is presented with a handmade paper lantern
Monochrome: Gaga looked very Cruella de Vil as she posed for the cameras at the press conference
Monday, 4 July 2011
By GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN