Lady Gaga Starts a Body Revolution
Lady Gaga, famous for her message of tolerance and acceptance, revealed today that she has struggled with anorexia and bulimia since the age of 15. She posted four pictures of herself wearing just underwear on her famous website, Littlemonsters.com, calling on her fans to start a “body revolution.” She asked her fans to “be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over your insecurities.”
Criticism from the media, praise from fans
The announcement came after Gaga performed in Amsterdam last week and faced criticism for her 25-pound weight gain. Fans have been responding by posting pictures and comments, with one girl writing, “I LOVE YOU. I have struggled with weight and eating issues my whole life.”
'I really don’t feel bad about it, not even for a second'
In response to headlines about her weight gain, Gaga said in a radio interview: “I really don’t feel bad about it. Not even for a second.” The singer also commented on the way that celebrities are perceived in the media: “Every video I'm in, every magazine cover, they stretch you; they make you perfect," she said. "It's not real life.”
'You're the beautiful one; it's society who's ugly'
After hearing rumors that her record company ordered her to slim down, Gaga tweeted a picture of Marilyn Monroe with the caption: “To all the girls that think you're ugly because you're not a size 0, you're the beautiful one. It's society who's ugly."
This is a very powerful message coming from a pop superstar like Gaga. If she can conquer her physical insecurities under the harsh gaze of the public eye, maybe you can, too.