Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ was and remains my Year 12 anthem, and since the release of her album ‘The Fame’ that same year (2008 for those playing at home) she solidified herself as my idol, and one of my all-time favourite performers and humans.
I think it is pretty safe to say that I don’t need to introduce Lady Gaga, AKA Stefani Germanotta, to anybody. We all know her for some reason or another, whether that be her catchy tunes, fashion sense, or her activism/philanthropy. Gaga has been there for me during all of the crazy classic goings-on of a self-conscious, anxious, ‘pretty but not hot’ teen and 20-something year old. Her songs gave me happy memories of year 12 while also slowly paving the path to confidence in my own skin. It was 2009 when my Dad revealed to my sister & I that she was Transgender, so it was also perfectly timed that Gaga was an avid ally for the LGBT+ community, not that we were brought up to think any less of gay or lesbian people, it was just nice to know somebody of her status had our back. I guess it made her more ‘human-like’ for me.
So, what don’t you already know about Gaga? She has sold millions upon millions of albums and singles, she holds records for YouTube views, number of albums and songs at #1, number of weeks at #1, and has been awarded some of the most prestigious accolades somebody in the entertainment industry could be including Academy Awards, Grammy’s, a Golden Globe Award as well as a BAFTA award (she’s even had newly discovered ferns named after her!). But beyond all of this, there is a woman who suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to sexual assault at 19 years of age, Lupus and Fibromyalgia, yet still finds it within herself to get out of bed every day and do her best.
Some days getting out of bed may be the best we can do, and that’s alright. I found Gaga’s 2017 Netflix Documentary ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ so eye-opening; realising just what kinds of obstacles a ‘star’ deals with daily is a humbling way to recognise how human they are. It was so amazing as well to see how much preparation and time goes into every performance she does, and just how much she cares about each opportunity to entertain and how much joy it brings her. In the documentary she has only just found out she has been cast in the now multi-award winning ‘A Star is Born’ with Bradley Cooper.
Gaga has become one of the most prominent current advocates for the LGBTIQ+ community, and she took this stance pretty early on in her career before it was ‘cool’. Being bisexual herself she is seen as a ‘gay icon’ and attributes a lot of her early success in transitioning to the mainstream music scene to her gay fans (you’ll see this features in ‘A Star is Born’ as well!). She spoke against the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy within the US Armed Forces, which banned homosexuality in the military. This particular topic hitting pretty close to home for me as my Dad served in the Australian Defence Force under a similar policy, Dad was known back then as Alan, feminine but not gay (of course it wasn’t as said so nicely by the guys behind her back…).
Rollingstone dubbed Lady Gaga as the ‘Queen of Pop’ in 2011 and funnily enough, when it comes to her Philanthropy work she is just like one of the Royals! Gaga launched her Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) in 2012 which is a non-profit focusing on youth empowerment and is supported by other ridiculously amazing humans like Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. The foundation has had collaborations and contributions from the likes of Elton John, the MacArthur Foundation, Barneys New York and Starbucks to fight online harassment and help youth recognise and channel emotions for positive outcomes. Gaga is also known to have donated millions of dollars to charities fighting HIV and AIDs, Red Cross, victims of Hurricane Sandy, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 Tohuku earthquake and tsunami!
In 2016 Gaga met with the Dalai Lama himself to discuss the power of kindness and how to make the world a more compassionate place; if that isn’t a solid reference on the resume, I don’t know what is!
So, beyond her amazing voice and ability to put on a show (I saw her live in Brisbane for my 21st birthday in 2012 with my Best Friend, Shannon – she was spectacular and there were so many happy tears flowing!), Lady Gaga is a whole other person underneath that front she puts on for a show (well the front she used to put on, these days she’s getting a lot more laid back with her style). She is tough, nurturing, loving, supportive and is 2000% somebody who I’d (probably not be able to eat due to fan-girling harrrd) happily have brunch with.
Gaga does keep her website up to date with the goings on of events and music, you can visit – here.
If for some reason you don’t have any of her music (WHY DON’T YOU HAVE ANY?!), it is available on Apple Music, and I’m sure on whatever other music purchasing website you use if you don’t have an iPhone/iTunes account. You can follow – this – link to purchase online via Gaga’s official website.
If you’re wanting to follow her on Insta, her tag is @ladygaga.
Lady Gaga’s music has diversified so much over the years beyond the electro-pop she was known for, and no matter what direction she has gone, I’ve loved it. Whether you need something to get you pumped for the party, you need to have a cry, or anything in between – Gaga has got your back.