Lady Gaga is a huge inspiration to me. She’s a really talented music artist and record producer with incredibly unique style but what I really admire most about her is her activism and philanthropy. She has donated money to help the following natural disasters. She gave the proceeds she earned from her concert on the 24th of January 2010 from Radio City Music Hall in New York towards the relief fund for the Haiti earthquake. All the money from her official store online store on the same day were also donated. An estimated amount of US$500,000 was raised for the fund. Gaga also created a bracelet with the company Japan Prayer Bracelets to raise money for the relief fund after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. She also performed in 2011 at MTV Japan‘s show for charity which took place in Makuhari Messe in aid of the Japanese Red Cross. Yoko Ono gave Gaga along with four fellow activists the LennonOno Grant for Peace in 2012. That was in October and in November of the same year Gaga did more good by giving $1 million towards the American Red Cross to assist the victims of the Hurricane Sandy disaster. She has also helped to educate younger women on the risks of HIV and AIDS. For this cause she worked with fellow stylish philanthropist and singer Cyndi Lauper to launch a lipstick for make-up line Viva Glam for Mac Cosmetics. Over $202 million was raised from the sale of the lipstick.
Gaga founded the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) in 2012. The foundation helps to empower young people and puts emphasis on empowering self-confidence and well-being as well as fighting against bullying and inspiring mentoring and the development of careers. The name of the organisation comes from album and single of the same name from 2011. The song Born This Way is very inspiring with lines such as the following inspirational lyrics:
Don’t be drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby, you were born this way
No matter gay, straight or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born to be brave
The song featured in an episode of Glee entitled “Born This Way” which centred around the Glee kids been proud of their differences and what makes each of them unique. Their initiatives have included the March–April 2012 poster competition that asked people to put forward images in reply to the question “What does bravery mean to you?” as well the “Born Brave Bus” that followed her on her tour as a youth drop-in center to fight against bullying.
Gaga is an activist for the rights of the LGBT community around the world. She is seen as a gay icon and has credited most of her success early in her career to the support of her gay fans. She had found it difficult to get airplay at the start of her career and she said the turning point for her at the start was the gay community and she gave thanks to FlyLife which is an LGBT marketing company based in Manhattan who works with her record label Interscope on her album The Fame. The LGBT TV station Logo also aired one of her earliest performances in 2008 on the NewNowNext Awards and in June of the same year she played at San Francisco Pride. Gaga herself is bisexual and so has a personal interest in LGBT rights. Gaga was very honoured to be a part of the 2009 National Equality March on the National Mall and said of the event that it was “the single most important event of my career.” She also went to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010 with four members of the United States Armed Forces who were gay and lesbian and were not able to serve their country and be open about their sexuality due to the U.S. Military’d policy “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT). Gaga took to YouTube and posted three videos asking her fans to get in contact with their Senators in a bid to overturn DADT. In 2010 Gaga spoke at a Portland rally for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. She also made an appearance at Europride in Rome in 2011. She spoke about how unfairly gay rights were been treated in numerous European countries.
Lady Gaga is also a modern day style icon. Her outfits are eccentric, unique and let’s be honest downright fabulous. One example is her unique Armani Prive dress which she wore to the Grammys in 2010 paired with yellow hair but over the years Gaga has definitely treated us all to some gems as she reinvents what fashion is.