I am so lucky to have friends that share their values and opinions with me at all times. One of my besties, Stephanie (who did the Catherine's photo shoot with me), sent me this shot of Lady Gaga looking radiant and waving to fans in Brazil. She shares her opinion about the media's handling of Lady Gaga's "weight gain":
It’s really nothing new but for some reason yesterday’s photo of Gaga waving to fans, bikini-clad, and being described as flaunting a “fuller figure” REALLY got me.
The media has got to stop. Honestly, we all know how influential images of icons and celebrities can be, especially to women and especially to young girls. It’s amazing how in one breath, the media insists on the masses embracing a healthy and positive self-image and the next, they’re contributing to the insecurities women can have by giving the impression that someone like Gaga is full figured because you can’t see her bones anymore. This latter commentary only continues to feed into the negative self and other criticisms for those of us who are not rail thin….cuz if she’s full-figured, what does that make the rest of us. Worse over, Lady Gaga has admitted to having had trouble with eating disorders in the past, so why articulate her natural, healthy looking figure with being “full,” which is just code for heavy.
Before reading the caption of the photo, all I thought was “Wow, she looks great and happy.” Yes, she’s gained some weight. However, having come onto the scene as a slim and toned pop-star, it’s not as if she’s coming across as having any substantialgain. She looks like a grown ass woman. So please, ladies, eat. Be happy. And healthy. And ignore the media’s general interpretation of “full figured.”
So, how are you feeling about the media's portrayal of Lady Gaga's healthier figure? I personally think the photo above is the happiest I've EVER seen her. She is glowing and radiant and look so incredibly content. I'm happy she's in her groove.