Lady Gaga Pens Personal Essay on Womanhood

Lady Gaga Pens Personal Essay on Womanhood

Following last week's election results, Lady Gaga takes time to reflect on what it means to be a woman, how her family gives her strength, and how fame is no longer appealing.

Following last week's election results, Lady Gaga takes time to reflect on what it means to be a woman, how her family gives her strength, and how fame is no longer appealing.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Today, with the release of her Harper’s BAZAAR cover story, Lady Gaga pens an essay on womanhood, and what she believes it means to be a lady in 2016. In doing so, she denounces the quest for fame she once had.

“Fame is the best drug that's ever existed. But once you realize who you are and what you care about, that need for more, more, more just goes away.” Gaga goes on to say that with her birthday this year (she turned 30) that she feels like a “fully formed woman,” and that she’s more interested in pursuing her career to make music she “had to make” and to provide for the ones she loves.

Many have called Lady Gaga's latest look her "normal" era, but it seems the lack of over-the-top ensembles has less to do with wanting to blend in and more to do with decluttering of sorts, both professionally and personally. "I was able to get off the train of endless work I'd been on, which was quite abusive to my body and my mind, and have some silence and some space around me."

Further in the personal essay, Gaga talks about her new album Joanne, which is named after her late aunt of the same name, a name Gaga shares, as well. “The best way to describe my relationship with her is that it's like the relationship someone might have with an angel or a spirit guide or whatever you think of as a higher power.” It’s the strength that she receives from Joanne, and the strength of the rest of the women in her family that map out what a lady really is today, and it boils down to three simple things: “Health, happiness, love.” She adds, "Being a lady today means being a fighter. It means being a survivor. It means letting yourself be vulnerable and acknowledging your shame or that you're sad or you're angry. It takes great strength to do that."

Read the full essay here.

Lady Gaga photographed by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Mel Ottenberg for 'Harper's Bazaar'

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