Okay. So, many of us have seen and read all of the drama surrounding Lady Gaga’s weight gain or whatever. And we all know how serious this topic is in celebrity; Adam Levine recently came out to voice his support of Christina Aguilera, and to call out those who occupy themselves with her physical appearance. And we’ve had plenty of discussions about femme body image and how it plays out in pop culture. Lady Gaga recently had an interview with Stylist UK and some comments she made about singer and new mom Adele are being taken as somewhat controversial, although they might just be complimentary. Click inside, and judge for yourself.
So here’s the interview excerpt that everyone’s talking about:
Tell me about your ‘Body Revolution’ [which encourages her fans to celebrate their flaws]?
I’ve realised I don’t have to do very much anymore but make music, because my fans do it all for me. They carry the message so far. Ever since they saw how much Born This Way could affect people, they wanted to do more and have that sort of space of kindness and compassion. I was acutely aware of some photos on the internet – my mum called me and was like, “Did you gain weight?” – everybody was telling me about it, and I didn’t really care. But when I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election – I just thought, ‘This is f*cking ridiculous.’ I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home? I thought, well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds. Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of woman. I need to be a confident woman and just say politically active things when I can that are helpful to young people.
So E! posted this on their site (just the Adele bit) and many readers were fuming mad. On the one hand, it sounds like Gaga is making a ridiculous comparison between herself and Adele. You could easily argue that Adele’s body is not constantly on display and therefore it is not usually up for discussion. Of course we all know that people (like Karl Lagerfield) have totally talked about Adele’s body. She’s a woman. She’s in the public eye, so just like Gaga (and literally every other celeb woman) her body is an issue. But readers pointed out that we are less likely to talk about Adele since she is less likely to be nude or semi-nude or exposed in the way that Gaga is.
I think this is true, and I also don’t see why Gaga felt the need to bring up Adele at all. I mean, she could have easily made her point without mentioning Adele’s body. However, I also see how Gaga is complimenting Adele, and even admitting that she could learn a thing or two from her. She admits to feeling less confident than Adele (or what she thinks Adele feels) which is, I think a pretty honest statement to make. Gaga also had some pretty interesting thoughts on modern-day feminism and beauty:
Can make-up and feminism ever truly be friends?
You know what’s so funny is, I actually think there’s a new feminism that is completely different and I don’t think either is better or worse. Any kind of feminist has valid views for herself about what it means to be a feminist, but, as a new-age feminist, I would say I quite like the transference of strength I feel by submitting to a man – being under him. I actually wrote a song about it on my album, it’s called GUY and it stands for Go Under You. So wearing make-up, smelling delicious and having suckable, kissable, edible things between your limbs is something I find strengthening because I know that when I pick the right guy, I can let him have it. Some women feel oppressed by make-up and clothing, and here’s to them, they have every right to feel that way as well.
What would be your beauty mantra for Stylist readers?
Sit in front of the mirror with all of the paints and colours and wigs that you have at your disposal, and just have a real talk with yourself. “What do I not like about me?” And then, peer into the mirror – and just f*cking draw right over it because that’s what make-up is here for. We’re not all perfect – it’s meant to be fun so we can bond as women, and say, “You know, what? We don’t all feel perfect, but did you try that lipstick? It’s divine.”
Soooooo…. yeah! I’m actually not opposed to some of these ideas. Gaga’s such a trip, lol. Your thoughts?!0