When faced with public body hate, a lot of celebrities (and regular people, for that matter) may be tempted to throw in the towel and let critics get the best of them. But not Lady Gaga. The mega star, who recently came under attack for her weight, is facing the hate straight on–and she’s setting a precedent that all of us–not just celebrities–can learn from.
Yesterday Gaga took to her site, Little Monsters, to announce the launch of a new sub-section called, The Body Revolution–a movement the star hopes will inspire bravery and help put an end to body snarking. Gaga kicked off the movement, posting images of herself in just a bra and underwear, and confessing to struggling with “bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.”
But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION.
To Inspire Bravery.
and BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION
And she encouraged fans to do the same, writing:
“My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: ‘to inspire bravery.’ This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws,’ as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”
We were never okay with the media reporting on Gaga’s weight as if it were news open to public discussion in the first place, but Gaga‘s admission of struggling with eating disorders makes the recent body hate particularly ugly. But instead of succumbing to it–or pointing out that, in fact, she’s not fat at all (as Jezebel points out, the images of her on stage, which kicked this whole thing off, appear to be distorted)–Gaga has made a point to publicly embrace her body, regardless of size and preceived flaws.
And in doing so, she reminds us that the issue isn’t about her weight at all–it’s about a culture so brimming with body hate that it’s systematically teaching people (particularly young women) to pick apart and critique their own bodies. Because, let’s be honest: Gaga has an enviable body and is not even close to overweight. I mean her ass is so fine it has even inspired a handbag, as Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti told WWD this morning. So if Lady Gaga–she of the million-strong fan base, worldwide fame, and fashion icon status–isn’t immune to body hate, who is? We’re glad that Gaga is sticking up for herself and showing that it’s not okay to criticize anyone for their weight, no matter who they are.