• Thu, Jul 26 2012

Lady Gaga Doll’s Product Description Somewhat Insulting To Lady Gaga

As you may have heard, Lady Gaga was recently sued for $10 million by MGA Entertainment, the company with whom she’d been collaborating to produce a Lady Gaga doll. (She won.) The details of the dispute are probably interesting to first year entertainment law students, but this is a blog about fashion and beauty, so let’s talk about the mildly insulting paragraph about Gaga’s looks that came out as an inadvertent side effect of this lawsuit.

According to The New York Daily News, Lady Gaga’s people instructed MGA to make the doll’s facial structure “more supermodel-like…Think a prettier version of Gaga.” It continued: “Thin out the cheeks and sharpen the jawline. Give her more of a cat-eye and sexier, poutier lips.”

Did Lady Gaga actually say this? Because it’s mildly insulting to her appearance, in that it implies that a doll that actually looks like her is not pretty enough. Then again, if Gaga said it, it’s not nearly as insulting as if someone else wrote it. I can’t decide if it’s endearingly self-deprecating, in that she thinks her real face is not pretty enough to go on a doll, or megalomaniacal, in that she believes the doll version of her must look like a superhuman with giant lips and eyes.

That said, I’m much more concerned about the young girls who will presumably be playing with it than I am about Lady Gaga’s ego, which will be okay. What’s wrong with having a doll that looks just like their pop idol? Despite not really being a hetero sex symbol, Lady Gaga is, at the end of the day, already quite conventionally attractive (thin, blonde, symmetrical), and to say she’s still not good enough the way she is sort of undermines her whole “born this way, you are beautiful just the way you are” message of empowerment, no?

(Via Styleite)

Photo: WENN.com

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  • SashaQueenie

    Jamie Peck, what the hell are you talking about? Lady Gaga or Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is a great inspiration and model for young ladies worldwide.
    She is already a success at such a young age. And she remains as motivated today as when she was still a struggling performer at clubs. She is kind and generous to her fans and I have not even touched on how much she advocates equal rights for the LGBT community! So she’s blond. So she’s thin. So what? Are you going to be penalising her because of the way she looks? Now who’s the bigot here? Success comes in all sizes, colours, genders, nationality, and dress sizes. That’s what she has been advocating. Her message has been very consistent all these years. I would love a Lady Gaga doll!