Lady Gaga has launched a new "Body Revolution" project on her LittleMonsters website, hoping to help build confidence in people with body-image issues. Gaga took the plunge first, posting candid, unedited photos of herself in her bra and underwear as a demonstration of strength. The pop star also revealed she has suffered from bulimia and anorexia since she was 15, writing she started the project to "inspire bravery" and "breed some . . . compassion." She closed with a note, posted in full below.
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. 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. 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.