Lady Gaga is not known for particularly conservative actions. She has becoming a music, fashion and culture icon by pushing the envelope, embracing the plight of the underdog and misunderstood, and basically courting controversy at every turn. But her latest jaw-dropping move, posting somber pictures of herself in yellow lingerie online, was not done to drum up controversy. According to the superstar herself, the goal was to take a public stand against eating disorders and body image issues, starting with her own.
All you have to do is take a look at the press the singer has been receiving lately to understand why she felt it was time to make a statement. Many different celebrity outlets have been pointing out what they look at as excessive weight gain, publishing incredibly negative coverage. So while Lady Gaga posted these photos for her fans to see, she did so alongside the stunning revelation that she’s been fighting the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia since she was fifteen-years-old. The messages were spread to the millions of users on her social networking pages, with Lady Gaga declaring she is going to actively push for compassion and bravery for those dealing with these very real and dangerous issues.
Lady Gaga praised her current boyfriend, Taylor Kinney as one of the major supporters of her new efforts. He has been encouraging her to embrace her naturally curvaceous figure, instead of worrying about staying as thin as possible. And that may have finally made the difference. Lady Gaga insists she is happier than at any point in her life, and that she is winning her battle with body image issues. Gaga calls herself the ‘mother monster’ looking out for her millions of fans, or ‘little monsters’. So while she is excited to share her positive changes, she is really doing this to encourage her fans to take the same steps in their own lives. The less people judge each other and themselves and embrace their bodies for better or worse, the happier they will be. Lady Gaga asked that any little monsters that feel brave should post their own photo, as evidence they have overcome body image insecurities.
There has been evidence over the last several months that Lady Gaga was reaching the end of her rope when it came to the restrictions fame puts on happiness. She revealed the incredibly strict diet and exercise routine she had been sticking to, and it was clear she was unhappy. Both fans and fellow celebrities reached out with support and concern for their beloved singer. Elton John, who counts himself a friend of Lady Gaga as well as a fan, mentioned publicly that he had spoken to her parents about the issues he saw, and that they too were incredibly concerned about her thinness and frailty.
But now it seems that Lady Gaga has truly turned things around. She has acknowledged the weight gain, as well as the fact that it doesn’t concern her. Her only issue now is maintaining a feminine physique amidst the rigors of her tour. Her live show is incredibly physical, and she doesn’t want to bulk up as a side effect of all of the hard work. But now her life is about balance, and everyone will agree that is a much healthier perspective. Even if the yellow undergarments she was photographed in weren’t exactly vanity fair panties. In the end, millions of girls with body image issues saw the pop star so revealed, and that may have saved some lives.