The Real Reason Lady Gaga Toned Down Her Look Will Make You Cheer
We’ve seen Lady Gaga in a LOT of crazy looks throughout the years. From the infamous meat dress she donned to the 2010 VMAs to the egg-shaped pod she was carried into the 2011 Grammy Awards in, the songstress’s red carpet moments have been a wild ride, indeed.
Her latest evolution, however, has seen a far more toned-down look: Gone are the crazy wigs and costumes, replaced instead by a trusty pair of denim shorts, oversized tees, and the occasional pink cowboy hat (it IS still Gaga, after all)! Or is it?
After watching the “Joanne” singer’s newest documentary on Netflix, Gaga: Five Foot Two, it’s clear a shift is definitely afoot, and it’s not solely due to the chronic pain that caused her to cancel her most recent world tour. The 31-year-old is also in the middle of a existential revolution, and from the sounds of things, it may be a permanent one. “I can’t elevate it to the point where I become Lady Gaga again,” she says at one point.
But if not Gaga — who is she? According to the pop star, she’s simply… herself. “I don’t think the world was ready to see who I really am, because I wasn’t ready to be myself,” she says of her early fame. “[Now], I’m saying, ‘This is me, with nothing.”
The fact that she finally feels able to be who she was born to be is a testament to the internal progress she’s made in her quest to “become a woman,” which she expresses a desire to do multiple times throughout the film. “I never felt confident enough to just sing and just be this way now. To just sing or wear my hair back. I never felt pretty enough or smart enough or a good enough musician — that’s the good part. The good part is that I just never felt good enough. And I do now.”
Though she still feels the crushing weight of the patriarchy with stunning regularity (a common theme that presents itself in Gaga’s world, both in her professional life and her personal life of the artist, who also happens to be a survivor of sexual assault), she finally feels in control enough of her own destiny to ditch the costumes.
“Whenever you become powerful in a relationship or business, there’s always opposition,” she says of her struggles. “The methodology behind [my crazy looks] is when they wanted me to be sexy and they wanted me to be pop, I always f*cking put some absurd spin on it that made me feel like I was still in control,” she explains. “If I’m going to be sexy at the VMAs and sing about the paparazzi, I’m going to do it while I’m bleeding to death and reminding you what fame did to Marilyn Monroe, the original Normal Jean, and what it did to Anna Nicole Smith, and what it did to… yeah. Do you know who?” (The film’s director, Chris Moukarbel, later revealed the person in question to be Amy Winehouse.)
But now? “I don’t need to have a million wigs on and all that sh*t to make a statement.”
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And besides… she’s over it. “Honestly, we’ve just seen me f*cking glamorous for almost 10 years,” she quips while discussing her costume plans for her famed Superbowl performance. “It’s, like, it’s boring. It really is boring.”
Here’s to embracing the new and improved, more natural Gaga!
Watch her documentary in full now on Netflix.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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