I don't know if it's hormonal or if I've had an allergic reaction to my lunch or something, but reading about Lady Gaga's latest venture has made me feel all of the feelings. Last week, her supposed weight gain was splashed across tabloid magazines accompanied by an array of cruel headlines, even though it's pretty obvs some heartless Photoshop wizard had digitally manipulated the images, or that a photographer who specialises in unflattering angles was responsible for them (see below). As a very public and ballsy response to these fat attacks, she has started her very own Body Revolution.
It began with a picture she posted on Littlemonsters.com of herself wearing nothing but underwear, along with the caption, "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15." She then posted more half-naked selfies, with the text, "But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION.
To Inspire Bravery.
and BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION". Gaga posted photos and words about people close to her, too e.g her assistant/best friend who is undergoing radiation due to stage two breast cancer, along with a photo of her after a mastectomy. She asked her fans to follow suit and post their own photos and stories about their battles with body image. "Be brave and celebrate with us your 'perceived flaws' as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous," she wrote.
Whether you love her or hate her, there's some pretty inspiring stuff being posted. "I was born with a rare type of dwarfism, I am overweight, I hate my short stubby legs, but I don't care. From here on out I'm going to love my self. I'm beautiful," one fan writes. Others open up about their personal experiences with everything from cancer to acne and bullying.
It's nice to be reminded every once in a while that celebrities are actually humans.