Lady Gaga has posted an unadorned 'warts and all' photo of herself dressed in her underwear, with the caption "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15" on her site littlemonters.com. The purpose behind the action is to encourage positive body image among her supporters.
It comes in the wake of the recent publication of several unflattering photos and open discussions about her weight gain in the media.
In response to animated media attention, Lady Gaga confirmed that she had indeed gained weight, approximately 11 kilograms. She also denied rumours that Universal had asked her to lose weight and tweeted a picture of Marilyn Monroe with the caption: "To all the girls that think you're ugly because you're not a size 0, you're the beautiful one. It's society who's ugly."
The latest news is that she has launched a project that aims "to celebrate 'perceived flaws' entitled, 'A Body Revolution 2013' . It falls within the remit of her Born This Way Foundation (to celebrate individuality and empower the young).
“Now that the body revolution has begun”, she wrote, “be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities.”
There has been a flood of responses, both in words and images. E.g. The scarred neck of a young cancer patient, scars caused by a double mastectomy, an amputee and numerous overweight bodies. Teenagers took part in large numbers; including one who bore the scars of open heart surgery, another who suffered from psoriasis and a teenage girl that posted a photo of self inflicted injuries on her arm (self-harming), along with the words “‘been suffering with cutting since i was 13. I’m very self conscious about my body but today I'm inspired to be brave and share this with you. Thank you gaga.”
In response Lady Gaga commented:
“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” she commented on littlemonters.com.
"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," she continued. "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."