In just over one year, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York, U.S., went from being a struggling performer in New York’s Lower East Side to a global pop icon, known as Lady Gaga, the polar opposite of Stefani. Summed up by her stage motto “I’m a free b****!”, she showed the world that it’s okay to be a misfit, and you don’t need to conform to societies rules. As they say, rules are meant to be broken, and thats just what she did.
She struggled through her teenage years with bullying. She wasn’t accepted because her style and personality didn’t follow the norm. “I used to do these really big Evita brows,” Gaga told Rolling Stone in 2011. “I used to self-tan, and I had this really intense tan in school, and people would say, ‘Why the f*** are you so orange, why do you do your hair that way, are you a dyke? Why do you have to look like that for school?’ I used to be called a slut, be called this, be called that. I didn’t even want to go to school sometimes.” But, the survival of high school just added to her drive to become what she wanted and to show all the bullies she was better than them. In 2008, ignoring all judgement from the people around her, she started working with Rob Fusari on her first album. Little did they know, that album would start her multi-platinum career.
Following the release of her debut album, The Fame, featuring “Pokerface”and “Just Dance”, which earned her, her first Grammy Award nomination, she appeared on many red carpet event sporting dresses; including, the bubble dress, the origami dress, and the classic meat dress. She used fashion and makeup as her outlet to express herself.
“At the end of the day
you won’t be happy until you love yourself.”
– Lady Gaga
In 2012, with the release of 5 new albums, The Fame Monster, Born This Way, A Very Gaga Christmas, and 2 remix albums, Singles and Remix, Gaga used her fame to create the Born This Way Foundation alongside her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. The mission being to support youth wellness and empower youth to create a kinder and braver world. Since starting the foundation they have reached out to over 100,000 youth people through the “3 R’s”: real stories, research, and relationships. There is also an immediate help line for youth struggle with any issues from, body image, to LGBTQ questions, to sexual abuse, to alcohol and drug addictions. Aside from her efforts with youth through her foundation, she also interacts with her fans through Little Monsters, an online website used as an outlet for Gaga’s little monsters (fans) to gather, create, share, and inspire. It is a safe place for all her little monsters to be free and expressive without judgement.
“I want my fans to know that I’m there for them.
I want them to see very part of me.
I am never going to leave them.”
On top of that, Gaga is an outspoken advocate for LGBT. “I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream” she said in an interview in Out Magazine. From marching at pride parades to launching her own anti-bullying foundation, Gaga has repeatedly fought for LGBT. In March of 2011, Target refused to support LGBT charities groups to balance donations the company had made to an antigay politician, causing Gaga to walk away from the opportunity to release the exclusive version of her album “Born This Way” throughout their stores. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those antigay groups.” she told Billboard magazine. This act, along with many others, showed her support for the LGBT community, and led her to being very influential advocate.
She continues to inspire those around her. By being herself, and being the weirdest, quirkiest one in the room she hopes to make everyone else feel comfortable in their own skin. If their not the weirdest, what do they have to fear. As mother monster, she’s wants her little monsters to bloom and blossom into unique beings that aren’t afraid of the world. She wants young people to know that being you is the best thing you can be.
In terms of where I want to go with this project, I would like to learn more about Lady Gaga and what she stands for. I would like to go further into her life and find out her drive and modivation for all the things she’s done, and show everyone else how she has influenced our society for the better. I want to take this assignment as an opportunity to show another side of Lady Gaga that some people may never have seen before and all the things she has contributed to our world aside from her music. I hope that along with myself, everyone else will get a better glimpse into her life, and I can prove that Lady Gaga is indeed a very eminent person.