Lady Gaga’s Body Revolution

by Yesha Callahan

This week Lady Gaga shocked fans and media when she posted photos, clad in just undergarments, with “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15..But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery” as the caption. For the past few weeks Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been under scrutiny because of the 25 pounds she’s gained. Numerous outlets referred to her as being “chubby” and out of shape. Even though when you look at her, neither of those apply to her.

Lady Gaga fans, who she refers to as her “Little Monsters”, took to her website in support of her admission and now have vowed to take part in her Body Revolution. Her site is filled with stories of eating disorder struggles from fans young and old. “I have to say coming on here and seeing all of the Body Revolution pictures you Monsters are posting has honestly made me tear up. You guys DEFINE BRAVERY,” said one commenter, echoing thousands of other supporters.

According to Healthyplace:

Bulimia nervosa is statistically more common than anorexia nervosa, but anorexia can lead to bulimia and in rare cases bulimia can lead to anorexia. Bulimia statistics include:

  • The lifetime prevalence of bulimia nervosa among women is 1%-3%
  • Lifetime prevalence among men is 0.1%

In creating a haven for her fans to discuss their own battles, Lady Gaga is allowing them to have an outlet without feeling ashamed. As a person that has never been a fan of her music, I am a fan of her honesty and rawness. This week in a post, titled Bravery, she expressed sentiments of loving yourself for who you are, no matter what society says.

Bravery

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.

Love, Gaga

  • African Mami

    let me find out she has an album coming out…..

    If that’s not the case, good job lady!

  • LaNubiana

    LOL good call sis. I think she is running out of shock values… Poor thing.

  • Lucy Lucy

    I’m no longer shocked by anything. Everything is calculated; never forget that.

  • LaNubiana

    Isn’t this the same demented lady that sings;

    “Don’t call my name, don’t call my name, Alejandro (GOD). I’m not your babe (CHILD), I’m not your babe (CHILD), Fernando (JESUS).
    Don’t call my name, don’t call my name, Roberto (HOLY SPIRIT).
    Alejandro. Alejandro (GOD), just let me go.

    And the youth is listening to this madness? As a Muslim, I’m offend of this woman’s work and clear disrespect she displays for Chrisrianity. From swallowing the scared heart of Jesus to placing a broken crusfix on her crouch… Bloody disturbed woman. Be bloody gone already and I hope this site stop covering such rubbish of a human flesh.

    Astagfruallah!

  • jourdan

    I completely agree that she DOES have some offensive behavior! I wish she’d stop doing that. But let’s just try to notice what she’s doing right… This very well may be a PR stunt, but there’s always some good in the midst of a lot of bad :)

  • TT

    This is America. She can shove a crucifix wherever she wants. Millions of people love her and buy her albums. I’m not religious so I’m not offended but i understand that some people may be offended. If you are offended, you have the choice not to listen. She does alot of things for attention and shock value. I personally don’t think she looks fat. I actually think she looks good.

  • Rue

    two things:
    1. Gaga ain’t black or particularly relevant in a black women’s convo right at this moment so get her offa here
    2. i’m becoming sick of her-STFU already.

  • LaNubiana

    And no offense but THANK GOD I’m not an American if this is what constitute as freedom in your country!

  • http://gravatar.com/worshipandpraise JN

    why does she have to be nearly naked to make a point about an eating disorder?

  • Downsouth Transplant

    @ Lanubiana, not have heard that word since I heard my 5th grade best-friend doing Dua, anywho not sure any Astagfruallah will bear any fruits just lay barak Allah Feek and keep it moving:)

  • Dee

    I think it’s cool and all that she’s doing this but she looks super crazy in the first pic, all the way spaced out.

  • Mina

    Trust and believe LaNubiana. Not all Americans are all too pleased with this crazy chick. Yes the music industry in America is bs full of Illuminati references and disrespecting any Abrahamic religion. They won’t make fun of Buddha, Hinduism, Ba’hai faith, etc but it’s always God. Which is just crazy to me.

  • Gamine

    Anything to maintain relevancy. First she was impersonating Madonna, even Grace Jones, now she’s trying to channel Amy Winehouse…Who is the real Stephanie Germotta?
    I can’t take anything she does as authentic nor real. In a few months she’ll be dieting down to a size zero and all this revolution BS will be a distant memory.

  • Gigi Young

    She’s trying to take a page out of Christina Aguilera’s book. I just shake my head that Christina she says she’s happy with her curves, but is still called a fatty or a pig, but Gaga is praised to the high heavens for gaining…what? 10-15 lbs? And she never said she was fine with her weight gain–she said she thinks she’s too heavy.

  • apple

    LaNubiana ,where are you from? its called “freedom of speech”.. it may have down sides, but its better than being locked up/killed for what you want to express ..

  • apple

    yes because the only thing matters in a black woman’s life is her color..outside of being black, everything in the world should be ignored..lol you tried

  • LaNubiana

    @ Apple

    I’m Ethiopian. Regardless of freedom of speech we must be respectful here. I mean where is her respect and discipline? Morals and integrity? If someone does such thing here, I don’t believe it will be against the law, but it sure will against the people’s law. They will prosecute her in public! That’s because our culture demands discipline and respect. If we lack those two then we will have nothing but chaos.

  • http://aintiwoman.com aintiwoman

    and considering the fact that she’s always been performing in her undies for so long, i find this rather contradictory and misleading… too calculating for me to go with her.

  • LaNubiana

    I’ll take it that you’ve know idea of the meaning to the word.

  • BoutDatLove

    If I’m correct I think Rue was saying because we as black woman have been and still are struggling with excepting our own features and body image issues etc. but they post Lady Gaga (a white woman), in other words how does this benefit us. We could simply talk about bulimia and and anorexia within the black community, since we turn a blind eye to this because we simply don’t believe that it actually exist because every black woman ”is supposed to look a certain way,” simply because she is black.

    White society has always made a mockery out of the bodies of black woman, but whenever some white woman gains (jessica Simpson, Lady Gaga, Christian A., Kelly Clarkson etc) then they want to start a revolution and campaign ”love your body,” ”real woman have curves” etc. B.S. When they did fit in with the white system of what is beautiful, which includes being thin they really didn’t seem to care about the little girls who struggled to look like them. Where was lady Gaga at when girls were sticking their fingers down their throat or starving themselves? Now she is to the rescue because the media criticized her for putting on weight smh. I am not saying that celebrities are responsible for the self esteem of everyone on the freakin planet, but I am saying that they don’t seem to care about things like this until it affects them.
    @African Mami, yeah, she is about to push out another album.

  • S.

    She is the epitome of ‘extra’ and ‘doing too much’

    Lord knows I can’t stand extra people and she comes off as phony too

  • cabugs

    LaNubiana, thank you for this. Honestly thank you. We have Christians who are refusing to call her out on this nonsense, but I’m glad at least someone can see how she is blatantly disrespecting the religion for fame and money. Thank you kind Muslim sister. I am a Christian and I am for anyone who opens their eyes and questions this madness rather than saying “oh, it’s just a song”; “it’s just entertainment.”

  • Rue

    @Dawn:
    Lady Gaga’s weight gain should be relevant to only lady gaga and her bf/gf whichever way she leans. I don’t care about it and i don’t wanna hear about it in mainstream, and especially not pn a blog geared toward black women. So she ate a hamburger…big deal. Explain how that is relevant to any woman’s much less a black woman’s conversation. I take it your name was not bestowed with the hope of “enlightenment”.

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