Lady Gaga, 27, the performer, activist, five-time Grammy award winner and now Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year, opens up in their December issue about her lifelong body image struggles and finding the confidence she has today.
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, a Catholic-school girl who was bullied in high school for being ‘ugly and fat with a big nose’, grew up believing that she is not “conventionally beautiful”. She says, “If there was some sort of a mathematical equation for beauty, I don’t know if I would be the algorithm."
Gaga went onto say, “I’ve always been ok with that. I’m not a supermodel. That’s not what I do. What I do is music. I want my fans to feel the way I do, to know what they have to offer is just as important, more important, than what’s happening on the outside.”
Last year, after being criticized for gaining 25 pounds, Lady Gaga revealed that starting at the age of 15, she had struggled with body image even battling anorexia and bulimia, which has since overcome. Her hope in sharing that secret was to encourage woman and young girls to accept themselves no matter what their size.
When asked where she gets her confidence today after all that she went through growing up, Lady Gaga explained, “It depends on what it is we’re talking about. I’m really confident about my music because I love it.”
But what about the confidence she now has to wear those revealing costumes or going naked all together? “I’m confident in who I am. I’ve come to a place in my life where I’ve accepted things that are me, as opposed to feeling pressure to explain myself to people around me. That’s just the way I’ve tried to be. It didn’t change when I became a star.”
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