"I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft."
-- Lady GagaShe didn’t stop her criticism there. Lady Gaga was recently chosen as one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2013 and her photo was featured on the magazine’s December 2013 cover above.
Instead of wearing one of her outlandish costumes she was dressed more conservatively and looked more like a fashion model.Perhaps she looks a bit too glamorous and beautiful? She also told Glamour to change their behavior:
"It is fair to write about the change in your magazines. But what I want to see is the change on your covers... When the covers change, that's when culture changes."Ouch!
Remember, she said this during her acceptance speech for the award Glamour Magazine was giving her!
And Glamour magazine named her a Woman of the 2013 because she is bold and a strong advocate for people who are different and bullied.>
But still I’m not sure Glamour expected her to slam them at their own awards.The use of Photoshop and other software to digitally alter photos is well known but the effects of these images can be very powerful.
This was pointed out by Cameron Russell in the TED Talk we featured in one of our TED Tuesdays discussions. Cameron Russell also talked about definitions of beauty and how what we see as beautiful today is a legacy shaped by biology and social opinions.Lady Gaga’s comments in the magazine article in Glamour magazine echo those sentiments beautifully: When asked if she considers herself beautiful Lady Gaga responded:
"Not conventionally beautiful. If there was some sort of mathematical equation for beauty, I don’t know if I would be the algorithm. I’ve always been OK with that. I’m not a supermodel. That’s not what I do. What I do is music. I want my fans to feel the way I do, to know what they have to offer is just as important, more important, than what’s happening on the outside.”
You can turn on the subtitles to see the words as Lady Gaga is speaking. Simply click on the little box in the lower right-hand corner of the video that says "cc" (that stands for closed captions).