The initial media response was to report about the potential weight gain, because they noticed that she had indeed gained a little bit of weight, though I doubt it’s actually 30 pounds. A mere twelve pounds can look like a lot on someone her height, just ask Snooki, or Christina Aguilera.
The second response from softer outlets, was to defend Gaga, which I also understand.
“But what’s piling on is the bullshit: Body scrutiny like this is cruel and pointless,” Jezebel’s Dodai Stewart wrote in a piece entitled “Shut The Fuck Up About Lady Gaga’s Weight.”
A few very unflattering photos of her onstage have surfaced, illustrating the change, but we all saw photos of her at the Guggenheim fragrance launch event, and she looked fine.
Lady Gaga herself has always been very outspoken about this very topic. Her comments flip-flop between “I make great meatballs, pasta and all sorts. I love it,” and Tweets like “Eating a salad, dreaming of a cheeseburger” #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay.”
Earlier this year, she admitted to struggling with bulimia. “I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I’m not that confident,” she said at a conference in Los Angeles.
She’s like the Rihanna of body image problems, telling her fans to be themselves but saying that pop singers don’t eat? And if pop singers don’t eat, neither should their fans, right? Those are the people who idolize her. They dress like her, hanging onto her every word…
It’s not as detrimental as Rihanna kissing Chris Brown at the VMAs a few years after he beat her black and blue, but it’s certainly comparable.
Gaga is of course, not the only one. Every single celebrity I can think of who gains weight temporarily says that they love their body, that any size is beautiful, but then they all end up shedding the pounds faster than you can say “Nutrisystem.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tyra Banks, Jessica Simpson, Kirstie Alley…. the list goes on, and it’s even worse for the young stars. Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and Hayden Panettiere have publicly struggled with this.
Now, the question is, do these stars end up looking dramatically slimmer in front of cameras because we, the media, are constantly picking them apart? Or is it because they are simply insecure, like so many non-famous people?
A combination, but I’m really not going to just pretend like Lady Gaga didn’t gain a little bit of weight. It’s fine that she did, but it happened, and she did look better in the “Telephone” video than she does now.
Health is beautiful (it goes both ways, from bones showing to skin hanging over your clothes), but we can all agree on one thing: no amount of yoga can save an ugly personality.