By Roisin Maguire
Lady Gaga whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is a New York born singer-songwriter. Known mostly for her extravagant costumes such as the meat dress and
her vocal range, she is also a feminist and activist for the LGBTA community.
Lady Gaga dived into music at an early age and dropped out of the Tisch School of Arts to
have her own music career which ended up being the best decision she has ever made.
With hit after hit and even an acting career in shows such as American Horror Story: Hotel
and a tear-jerking performance in A Star is Born, Gaga has built up a huge fan base
especially with the gay community. Gaga is outspoken on issues such as sexuality, having openly addressed her bisexuality. She was also a speaker at the 2009 National Equality March in Washington. Gaga launched the Born This Way foundation in an attempt to encourage young people to live how they truly are and not how the world wants them to be. She has spoken on issues concerning mental health and her experiences with bullying therefore this shows to be the driving force behind the creation of this nonprofit foundation.
She has used her wealth to raise money for charities and she often offers free concert tickets to those who devoted their time volunteering for homelessness organisations. She used her advantage to raise $80,000 for the homeless community across America.
As a sexual assault victim, she spoke on the It’s On Us Campaign for sexual assault victims. She wrote a song called “Til It Happens To You” to highlight her experience in order to help
others who might be too afraid to speak out on the #MeToo movement. Speaking to Vogue,
Gaga said: “For me, with my mental-health issues, half of the battle, in the beginning, was, I
felt like I was lying to the world because I was feeling so much pain but nobody knew,” she
explained. “So that’s why I came out and said that I have PTSD, because I don’t want to hide
— any more than I already have to.”
Her documentary ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’, documented her struggle with an invisible illness
called fibromyalgia which is characterised by widespread pain throughout the body, yet she
does not let her illness discourage her. Gaga is the feminist and activist that the world, especially America, needs right now in a time where women’s rights are constantly being questioned.
Gaga is a face of the recent #MeToo movement, a movement which will always be relevant and necessary.