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Lady Gaga is no stranger to controversy. In fact she is often stirring it up herself, as playing with fame has been her shtick for some time now. Recently, though, European tabloid press turned on the international pop phenomenon slighting her with scores of insulting headlines and unflattering photographs documenting her alleged weight gain.
In response to the fat shaming Gaga took to her own social network posting a series of untouched photos of herself in various contortions and near complete undress. In one shot, uploaded by Gaga, the caption reads: “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.” In another she announces “A Body Revolution 2013″ imploring users to upload pictures of themselves to overcome their insecurities.
On the site’s discussion board she writes:
I have been startled and overwhelmed with pride and emotion the past few days. Gratitude mostly. 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. My boyfriend prefers me curvier, when i eat and am healthy and not so worried about my looks, I’m happy. Happier then I’ve ever been. i am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am. And I am proud at any size. And i love you, and want you to be proud in any form you may take as well. Please don’t look for kindness in critics, go where you know the gold is. Here, in out hearts.
As someone who has struggled with similar eating/weight/body image issues myself I can only imagine the horror of having my body scrutinized as hers has. I would sooner go into the “psycho-spree” she mentions above than inspire an enlightened discussion on the topic. Thank god for Gaga.