Lady Gaga is often a voice for the disenfranchised and the voiceless, speaking on behalf of the LGBTQ community and against bullying. She founded the Born This Way organization in 2011. At the time, she said the heart of the organization was "to establish a standard of courage and kindness, as well as a community around the world that protects and nurtures others in the face of harassment and abandonment. ”
The singer of Face Face recently opened up about a time in which she herself felt emotionally unseen. Gaga revealed how self-harm plays a role in what has become a vicious cycle. Kindness, she said, ultimately showed her the path to healing.
Read more about the actress' emotional journey and how it helps to eliminate the stigma attached to mental health issues.
"I was trying to show people I was in pain"
In an interview that will appear in the December 2019 issue of Elle, the songwriter talks to Oprah Winfrey about his attempt to harm himself. She emphasized to Winfrey that while she did not gloss over self-harm, she used the opportunity to extract the subject from the shadows of shame.
"I haven't really opened up much to it, but I think it's important for people to know and hear," she told Winfrey. "I was a cutter for a long time and the only way I could stop cutting and hurting myself was to realize that what I was doing was trying to show people that it hurt me, instead of telling them and asking for help . "
" I'm very grateful that I don't do it anymore and I want to not admire it. "
Gaga found that" kindness heals everyone "
Gaga shared with Winfrey exactly how her fans opened the door to healing for her. When she looked at them, the songwriter felt understood and visible.
" I think [healing] it really started with my connection with my fans. Looking at the audience and seeing so many people who were like me, people who felt different, who didn't feel seen or understood … … I realized very early on that my impact was to help liberate people through kindness. I mean, I think this is the most powerful thing in the world, especially in the area of mental illness. ”
Gaga's new makeup line and beauty healing
Gaga and Winfrey also talked about the new Gaga makeup line, Haus Laboratories. The Oscar winner explained the power of beauty in makeup and how she helped her become Lady Gaga.
"[Beauty] is very powerful … when I was little … and I went to the pharmacy to I bought makeup, experimented with color and looked in the mirror and literally got better. I invented Lady Gaga. And it made me feel strong, it made me feel powerful … it was like Clark Kent and Superman – it gave me wings to fly. "Oh, makeup, there's too much makeup. It's over the top, blah, blah, blah," I would say, "This is my life force. This is what helps me fly."
About Haus Laboratories, the singer Shallow says, "[it] exists in an influential space in culture where we say," Our Haus. Your rules. "And everyone is welcome – all gender identities."
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