Lady Gaga Launches "Body Revolution"
The recovering bulimic rallies her fans to fight body-hatred, in response to media attacks over her weight.
After enduring recent media attacks over her perceived weight gain, Lady Gaga has responded by boldly opening up about her struggles with eating disorders, and rallying her fans with the launch of a "Body Revolution." Some allegedly altered photos were published of a fuller-framed Gaga earlier this month; tabloids described the singer as "meaty," and slammed her for "piling on the pounds." She responded earlier today by posting underwear-clad photos of herself on her website, with the caption: "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15," and has since launched a subsection of her site entitled Body Revolution. "My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: 'to inspire bravery.' This profile is an extension of that dream," she writes on the site, "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 also encouraged her fans to post photos of themselves: "Hey Guys its Gaga… Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities."
The singer has previously spoken about battling eating disorders as a teen, and coping with media pressure since becoming famous. "Weight is still a struggle," she said earlier this year. "Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you—they make you perfect. It’s not real life." Within a few hours of its inception, Body Revolution seems to have generated the support of many fans (aka "little monsters"); the site already features a mosaic of photos and stories about people recovering from eating disorders, living with disability and surviving cancer. There's also a photo of Gaga's dad's stomach with the caption: "He's proud but has lost ten lbs and is working out too feel better, be healthy." Many fans thank the pop star for "making me feel brave." Under Gaga's original photo, one struggling anorexic writes: "i've been relapsing a lot lately and all i do iscry about my body and i feel like i wish i never did recover but this. looking at this is making me strong. You inspire me. If you can be strong, i can too."