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My Hero is Lady Gaga

Joined: 9/27/2010
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There’s a woman on the TV wearing a dress made of raw meat. By this point, she’s a familiar face. An easily identifiable nose peeks out from a curtain of blond or pink or yellow hair, depending on the month. Her name is Lady Gaga and she’s my hero. Her rise to fame has been well-publicized, built on catchy club music and controversial outfits. But behind the beats is a woman who smiles into the face of adversity.

The first point on which I admire Lady Gaga is her looks. True, she is thin and white, two of the qualities that fits the mainstream description of attractive, but her face is less stereotypically pleasing. The configuration of her features has aroused more than a few comments about the legitimacy of her sex but despite the mean-spirited jokes, Gaga has not had any plastic surgery or even wasted time responding to the rudeness.

But before I knew of her self-esteem, even before I heard her chart-topping music, I knew about her activism for gay equality. As a member of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, anyone who voices their supportive views has my respect. However, many people verbally support without the action to back it up. Lady Gaga has done many things from speaking at rallies to defending a boy punished for wearing a Lady Gay-Gay shirt to bringing soldiers discharged under DADT as her VMA dates. Although it would be more heroic to be a gay person and live through the inequality, at least she is speaking up about it.

Overall, many cultural figures have influenced me, whether through music that speaks to my soul or moral views that I strongly support, but none have excelled in both areas as much as Lady Gaga.
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