Having weathered some flack over noticeable weight gain during her Born This Way Tour, Lady Gaga revealed that she’s been struggling with bulimia and anorexia since she was 15. But in typical Gaga fashion, she’s turned her own struggles into an empowering movment, inspired in part by her anti-bullying Born This Way Foundation.
The Lady posted this pic of herself, sans makeup, wigs, prosthetic cheekbones, 12-inch heels and haute couture space globes on her social media site, Little Monsters, with the caption, “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.” With another pic she announced the start of her Body Revolution 2013, “an extension” of her Born This Way Foundation.
She wrote, “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws,’ as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”
The response has so far been enormous, with Gaga acolytes from around the world uploading pictures and sharing personal stories of anorexia, bulimia, cutting, dwarfism, artificial limbs, and so forth. The Mother then took to this forum to express her gratitude:
Seeing you post photos of things on your bodies and in your minds that you feel society tells you you should be ashamed of. You are showing them you have no shame. You are brave, strong, and accepting not only of yourself, but of others through your experiences. You are proud to be born this way, and brave in your vulnerability with this community. Watching you all create a safe space online for people to be compassionate is the greatest gift you could ever give me. 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.
Whenever Lady Gaga does anything it’s front page news, but this might be her most daring stunt yet. Though she’s always purported to be just like her millions of fans, being bullied as a kid and what have you, by stepping out from behind that larger-than-life persona she’s revealed insecurities that many of us would try to conceal. And by opening up a public forum in which others can discuss their own physical and emotional scars, she’s truly driven her message of acceptance home.