Women’s History Month Day 3: Lady Gaga

Feminine Phenom #3 goes to my newest celebrity crush: Lady Gaga

I wasn’t always a fan. I kinda liked her, but it was hard for me to find Her under all the makeup, wigs, and costumes. 

She revealed in her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two that her outrageous costumes and red carpet looks were her way of trying to maintain control in an industry notorious for controlling every aspect of the artist’s lives. 

She resisted being turned into a bubble-gum pop star by putting up shields made literally of meat dresses and egg chariots. 

And, let’s be honest. That worked. She clawed her way to stardom with all that bold, creative resistance. So yes, her resistance worked. 

Until it didn’t. 

Completely exhausted and burnt out, it started to impact her passion for creating her real art- music. 

The feminine trait she models today is my favorite: SURRENDER. 

The Gaga we experience today is a Gaga of surrender. 

Surrender is often thought to be weak, passive, unprotected, or cowardly. It’s actually quite the opposite. 

True surrender requires tremendous trust, courage, and acceptance. It’s allowing everything and everyone to be what it is. And surrendering to being You anyway. Being You. Any. Way. 

By surrendering, she allowed the the industry to remain its controlling, fabricated self. She didn’t try to change it anymore.

She didn’t give in and become bubble-gum pop, either. That’s selling out, not surrendering. 

She just doesn’t have to work so hard to to resist it anymore. She doesn’t have to hide her music and her talent behind the cos play. 

She put down the shield and just showed up and sang. 

Thank you, Gaga! More of YOU please!

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