As you all have likely heard, Lady Gaga gained some weight. As we all also already know, nobody cares, not even Mama Monster herself. The fact is that Lady Gaga isn’t going away any time soon, regardless of weight gain, weight loss, wearing a dress made entirely of crack pipes or running around Times Square naked riding a real-life My Little Pony shouting “I’M A NINJA.” (Those last two were just my imagination, but they kind of seem plausible…) In any case, she responded to all the criticism of her weight in a fantastic way yesterday.
After starting a subsection of her website, BodyRevolution in which she is encouraging fans to celebrate their bodies, she posted a series of photos of herself in her underwear to show her current body, as well as a confession about having eating disorders in the past. Un-retouched and all!
I’m sure plenty of people will think it’s a publicity stunt and it sort of seriously grosses me out that she used perma-perv Terry Richardson for the photos, but honestly? Who cares! Any way to get out the message that you do not need to be ashamed of your body is a great thing. Shame is not a good way to encourage yourself to be healthier. If you want to lose weight for life-related reasons, go for it! But shaming yourself or other people’s bodies is the least effective way to improve your body image and self-esteem while improving your health. Regardless of the reasons behind this, I’m glad she has so many young fans who are hopefully seeing that weight-bullying is a cruel thing to do and that you should be proud and non-critical of yours (and everyone else’s) bodies.*
Plus, one of the captions to the photos is “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.” Again, some will undoubtedly think this was a publicity stunt or some to get the media off her back about weight, but I think that considering how many people suffer from eating disorders (8 million) and the fact that they affect 1 in 200 women, it’s extremely possible that she had an eating disorder. And to be bringing it into the public eye is something I fully support since it’s a sort of fade-in and fade-out fact of life to most people, particularly in the media.
I am really, truly thrilled whenever celebrities discuss body image outright and don’t simply brush it off as a non-issue. It is an issue. It is not okay to pretend eating disorders don’t exist and that kids aren’t influenced by what they see on television and in music videos and on magazine covers. It’s important to get to them with the right message as early as possible.
Lovelies, what do you think of BodyRevolution and Gaga’s recent actions?
*Exception: Chris Brown’s neck tattoo. Keep being critical of that part of his body, folks.