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MANILA, Philippines - "I have been startled and overwhelmed with pride and emotion the past few days. Gratitude mostly. Seeing you post photos of things on your bodies and in your minds that you feel society tells you you should be ashamed of. You are showing them you have no shame..."
Begins pop culture icon Lady Gaga in a post she wrote in her website, littlemonsters.com, titled "Your Bravery."
"You are brave, strong, and accepting not only of yourself, but of others through your experiences. You are proud to be born this way, and brave in your vulnerability with this community. Watching you all create a safe space online for people to be compassionate is the greatest gift you could ever give me."
The singer has been openly speaking about her battle with weight that she said she has been fighting ever since she was a child.
Fans who watched her Amsterdam concert in September noticed that the singer had a fuller shape. In a story published by the Huffington Post on September 20, the singer is quoted as saying: "I love eating pasta and pizza. I’m a New York Italian girl. That’s why I have been staying out of New York. 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."
On September 25, Lady Gaga posted this photo of herself on her Facebook page, announcing the start of her new "project," Body Revolution 2013:
On September 27, fan Niki Lea posted her own photo; she called it Body Revolution #2:
In a story published by US Weekly on November 5, Lady Gaga admits to gaining "about 30 pounds" but says she doesn't "really care."
The singer reportedly pointed to British diva Adele.
"Adele is bigger than me — how come nobody says anything about it?" she is quoted to have told Stylist UK. "She's so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of women."
Fans, meanwhile, have replied to Lady Gaga's website post. Here are some of their replies:
1) holyhookerjames - "Thank YOU so much Gaga. You make me and so many other monsters feel so brave with their weight and your beautiful attitude to all sizes and shapes makes me proud to put my paw up. You are such a strong role model for me in every sense and I'll smile till the day I die knowing that someone like you were around to always tell me the right thing."
2) roegaga726 - "This is exactly why I love you. You may not realize this, but you are such a positive force in the lives of so many young kids out there who are struggling with their body conscious issues. I know that you will continue to be the light that sparkles so brightly in our hearts and minds. The world is a better place because you are in it, giving hope, inspiration and courage to people everywhere. I am with you in this amazing journey that you are on every step of the way, and support and love you always. Xx"
3) twoblondznabenz - "thank you gaga, i am 54 and due to meds i am on now, i went from 128 lbs to 168 and i hate my body, can not find clothers to fit my apple short body, but you have started a new revolution for all of us who are unhappy with what ever embarreses us, whether it is weight or scars, or whatever.. you just keep on kicking ass... love ya gaga"
(Read the other replies of the little monsters in Lady Gaga's website.)
We leave you with the last part of her blog entry:
"My weight/loss/gain since i was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have. My boyfriend prefers me curvier, when i eat and am healthy and not so worried about my looks, I'm happy. Happier then I've ever been.
"i am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am. And I am proud at any size.
"And i love you, and want you to be proud in any form you may take as well. Please don't look for kindness in critics, go where you know the gold is. Here, in out hearts. Love, Gaga." - Rappler.com
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