Lady Gaga Responds To Weight Gain Criticism, Launches A Body Revolution 2013
So, this week’s earlier Christina Aguilera-inspired post about loving rather than complaining about our bodies was super timely: Lady Gaga has launched a new campaign to do just that!
Following a week of open criticism about the weight she’s gained (by her count, more than 20 pounds), Lady Gaga did what she does best: Bared her soul
On Tuesday, the 26-year-old “Bad Romance” singer posted four pictures of herself to her fan website, littlemonsters.com, wearing only underwear (see left) under the blog title “A Body Revolution 2013” and with the following captions:
[Image 1] Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15. [Image 2] But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION [Image 3] to inspire bravery [Image 4] and BREED some M$therf*cking COMPASSION.
Right before posting the images, Gaga addressed her fans regarding the weight gain criticism:
My weight/loss/gain since I was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have […] My boyfriend prefers me curvier, when I eat and am healthy and not so worried about my looks, I’m happy. Happier then I’ve ever been. I am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am. And I am proud at any size. And I love you, and want you to be proud in any form you may take as well
Even though her choreographer disputed eating disorder claims made by former tour manager David Ciemny’s, for some, Gaga’s revelation isn’t surprising. Up until recently, Mother Monster was extremely thin.
However, she’s obviously working toward a healthier Gaga – both physically and mentally – and wants to help others do the same.
Celebrities can have huge influences in…well, lots of areas (I write an entire blog about it over at Celebrity Psychings), and Lady Gaga herself is already pretty active in various areas (she was part of the MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam campaign to fight HIV and AIDS; she launched the Born This Way Foundation in early 2012 to encourage youth empowerment; and she’s active in the LGBT rights community).
How do YOU feel about her efforts to draw awareness to eating disorders, body image, and compassion? Do you think you’ll sign up to be a part of Body Revolution 2013?
Sparks, A. (2012). Lady Gaga Responds To Weight Gain Criticism, Launches A Body Revolution 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 9, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2012/09/lady-gaga-responds-to-weight-gain-criticism-launches-a-body-revolution-2013/