“Some other celebrity might sue a publication for calling her fat; Gaga’s fighting back by taking the high road, by showing the world that it’s not okay to critique her body — not because she’s a pop star, but because she is a human being, with feelings and a history of eating disorders and we can, and should, do better” -Dodai Stewart
So maybe I haven’t been the biggest Lady Gaga fan in the past. I enjoyed her music, but I wasn’t in love with it. I enjoyed watching her antics, but I wasn’t convinced by them. She sat as a benchwarmer on my iPod, occasionally getting her time in the spotlight for a good jam session in the car (obviously alone) but ultimately being passed up for another song.
But this is something I commend her for. I was never a Little Monster, but reading this article convinced me not only of her compassion, but that she really was, despite everything we’ve seen, a human being.
It takes courage to embrace yourself after others tear you down. It takes even more to be an icon of body acceptance to millions of people across the world.
It’s the sad truth that the majority of us, myself included, fail to recognize ourselves for the strength and beauty we already have. Instead we focus on our weaknesses, our pain, our outer appearance. We let those flaws define who we are, instead of acknowledging and owning what we already have. If Lady Gaga is the way to finally help people accept themselves, then I will down my glass of wine in support of her.
Here’s to you, Gaga.