Is Lady Gaga a good role model for women?

Before I can answer the question I am asking myself, I have to establish what I think a good role model is. According to one of the definitions in the Urban Dictionary (along with the whimsical definition that reads “people that do not exist anymore”), a role model is “some one who strives to be a decent human being”. I truly believe this is who Lady Gaga is – some one striving to be a good person.

Lady Gaga – or Stefanie Germanotta – is only 24 and she has been performing since she was 14. She started learning piano when she was only 4, and started her career by writing top hits by Fergie and the Pussycat Dolls. In two years – since she discovered fame – she came out with two albums that possess top singles, The Fame and The Fame Monster.

But her career’s success is by far the last thing I would mention when answering the question. This – and her extravagant clothes – is merely why she is noticed by women all over the world.

As most artists, Gaga has gone through her share of chemical addictions. In a revealing interview to Vanity Fair, Lady Gaga spoke of her coke addiction, revealing that before she was famous she broke down because no one would see her talent – and clearly a ‘good time’ had turned into more than just that. She was lost.

The bit to focus on in the Urban Dictionary definition of ‘role model’ is “strives to be”. Gaga strikes as more than a tortured artist; she is a real person who had problems, was lost, had an addiction and fought her way out of it and into what she really wanted; music and fame.

In fact that is what is so admirable about Lady Gaga: now that she can, she does want she really wants to do. In another interview Gaga revealed she felt like a ‘freak’ in school because she was often mocked for being too ‘eccentric’. Now, she wears what she wants – and sure, it might be because she needed the attention to sell records at first, but now…

What is she doing? Well, here’s what; she’s doing whatever the hell she wants. And the best thing about it is that she defends people rights to do just that, providing they do not hurt anyone. This is why homosexuals, bisexuals and transexuals are all in love with her and her music; she’s pro-freedom, pro-whatever-you-want-to-be-today-and-tomorrow.

And this is why women should love her too. Why shouldn’t we dress how we want? Why should we be judged by what we wear? Why should we even care that some people call us slags or nuns depending on what we decided to wear on that day?

This is what I feel is important to women today. The freedom to be who we want to be, the freedom to pursue what we want; no matter what obstacles are thrown at you by society or by people around you.

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