WHO IS SHE?: You’re kidding, right? She’s only the hottest international glam pop sensation going with over ten million albums and over thirty-five million singles sold worldwide.
BEST KNOWN FOR HER CHARITY WORK WITH: The Haiti earthquake relief effort. She donated all the January 24th proceeds from her Monster Ball tour and online store to Haiti relief—it was over $500,000.
WHY SHE MATTERS: She’s a spectacular pop-icon with a big love for the gay community which helped her get her start. Not only did she speak out for LGBT rights at the National Equality March, but she’s also done a lot of fundraising for homeless LGBT youth and against AIDS.
QUOTE: “I don’t want to sound presumptuous, but I’ve made it my goal to revolutionise pop music. The last revolution was launched by Madonna 25 years ago. When I’m writing music, I’m thinking about the clothes I want to wear on stage. It’s all about everything altogether—performance art, pop performance art, fashion. For me, it’s everything coming together and being a real story that will bring back the super-fan. I want to bring that back. I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.”
During her Monster Ball Tour, Lady Gaga offered premium VIP tickets to fans who volunteered at homeless youth organizations, “which raised more than $80,000 in proceeds… and generated 30,000 hours of community service for hundreds of charities across the country.” She raised $35,000 in a benefit concert for Virgin Unite, an organization fighting to stop the spread of “the Big 3″ (Malaria, HIV and AIDS) worldwide. She also called her participation at the National Equality March the biggest moment of her career, saying, “I’ve got so many gay fans and they’re so loyal to me and they really lifted me up. They’ll always stand by me and I’ll always stand by them… I will always fight for the gay community…” God bless you, you wonderful monster, you.
[Charity information collected via LookToTheStars.org]