Lady Gaga covered the December issue of Glamour with a beautiful photograph that was unfortunately and overtly airbrushed to hell, and it turns out Lady Gaga didn’t like the unfortunate Photoshop hack job anymore than we did.
The interview in the December issue was touching and revealing, with Lady Gaga speaking at length about insecurity, beauty, and body image. On the cover, though, she’s smoothed and softened into some sort of cross between the Madonna and a mermaid. Glamour liked the image well enough to run it on the cover and present Lady Gaga with an award at the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards last night, but instead of an acceptance speech, Lady Gaga took the opportunity on stage to blast the magazine for their giddy application of Photoshop.
“I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft,” she said. “I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning… I don’t even look like this,” she said, indicating the wig and outfit she wore to the awards ceremony. Which was this:
That’s not exactly a gentle Madonna mermaid.
Lady Gaga said that kind of “tweaking” and “smoothing” of images, when taken en masse, has a damaging effect on the young people who see them. She said that any young people listening should “fight back against the forces that say you have to be beautiful.” Again, she did this at the Glamour Magazine awards ceremony, and fashion magazines like Glamour are one of the main forces telling women they have to be beautiful. Go Lady Gaga!
For all the vulnerable insecurity Lady Gaga revealed in her Glamour interview, she’s still one of the boldest stars out there. Sometimes we forget that while we’re busy being annoyed with all her weird stunts and describing herself as “a walking piece of art every day,” but then she does something awesome and we love her again. In this case, that included telling Glamour to embrace acceptance on its covers.
“It is fair to write about the change in your magazines,” she said. “But what I want to see is the change on your covers… When the covers change, that’s when culture changes.”
Via The Huffington Post/Photo: Glamour, WENN