Lada Gaga admitted she put on 30 pounds as evidenced in this Nov. 2 photo taken in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 26-year-old, who has confessed to dealing with bulimia and anorexia since she was 15, recently launched "Body Revolution" to help others with body and self-esteem issues. It's an admirable goal, but can the "Judas" singer remain a role model in the skinny-obsessed world of female pop stars?
The media and fans don't appreciate it when female pop stars put on weight
"Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it?" said Lady Gaga. Actually, they do, but not nearly as bad as if she had entered the scene skinny. As much as we band together to respect Adele for her beautiful voice, declaring that her weight shouldn't matter, take a look at female pop stars, and they have one thing in common.
Look at what happened to Paula Abdul, Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears. It wasn't just the media who were brutal to these stars when they put on weight, it was also the fans. Said Gaga about her recent weight gain, "I was acutely aware of some photos on the Internet - my mom called me and was like, 'Did you gain weight?' - everybody was telling me about it, and I didn't really care. But when I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election - I just thought, 'This is f***ing ridiculous,'" the singer said. "I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home?"
Gaga loves attention
If you're camera ready, you're constantly tweeting pics of yourself, and you love wild hair and outfits, chances are you like attention. The "Born This Way" singer is not a private star when it comes to the cameras. Every week you can find photos of her.
Some of us hate the mega star's creative costumes, but many of us love them. Catch her in concert, and you'll find plenty of formfitting, skin bearing ensembles too. Remember that "Telephone" video she made with Beyonce?
Attention is one thing, but getting attention for packing on the pounds is another. Will the singer thrive with that type of spotlight?
She's already admitted she wants to lose
"I love eating pasta and pizza," Gaga said. "My father [Joe Germanotta] opened a restaurant. It's so amazing… it's so freaking delicious, but I'm telling you I gain five pounds every time I go in there."
Is she okay with that? Well, in the end, as much as Gaga likes to say she can be a role model for others, she has said she needs to lose. "So my dad wants me to eat at the restaurant, and I'm, like, I've got to go where I can drink green juice."
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