Lady Gaga: “My Ambition Isn’t To Rule The World, But Change It”

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Lady Gaga is one dynamic pop culture force who isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers. She has spoken publicly about her love of nudity, and that she indulges in a joint every now and then. She certainly has displayed some questionable performances in her music videos and on stage, but it’s not just for show, it’s all for a purpose. Everything she does is meticulously calculated and has a message behind it. You won’t find “attention whore” in her list of traits anytime soon.

Glamour Magazine have named her their Woman of the Year 2013 and chatted with her about her music, her charities and how she wants to change the world.

The five-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide was actually interviewed by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who confesses to being a “little monster” himself. Andy describes Gaga as being someone who “aims to outrage” because she herself is outraged at how challenging a place the world can be to grow up in if you are different, something she personally felt growing up. Her Born This Way Foundation, founded in 2011 alongside Harvard University focuses on building young people’s confidence by sharing their experience online. So where does the “mother monster” get her confidence from?

“I’m confident in who I am. I’ve come to a place in my life where I’ve accepted things that are me, as opposed to feeling pressure to explain myself to people around me. That’s just the way I’ve always tried to be. It didn’t change when I became a star.”

Her notion of physical beauty is constantly being changed with each of her looks, and that comes from a place of her own insecurity, which she admits to.

“I would say that I am [insecure]. Maybe it’s from the things I experienced in my past, you know? Being beautiful is not so fun when you’re in a business with all men,” answering Andy’s question of whether she uses many costumes and layers as a way to cover it up.

“[I’m] 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.”

The Born This Way Foundation was started with $1.2 Million of Gaga’s own money, which is damn good evidence this issue means a lot to her, and she’s not waiting around for others to make a change.

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“The foundation is everything that I’ve ever believed in. My ambition was never to rule the world. It was always to change the world. And once I started to become more and more successful, this voice in the back of my mind was telling me to make sure that I staked my claim as a person.”

“The Born This Way Foundation isn’t about money at all. It’s about communities, people coming together. It’s about kids telling their stories to one another, and finding a sense of home by breeding compassion, making it cool to be that kind of person. I truly believe that people can find a happier way, if they are aware of the stories of people around them—people who share similar challenges and similar fears.”

As for those comparisons to Madonna, and all the online hatred between two popstars’ fans (let’s not forget Madonna herself who once called her ‘reductive’) Gaga isn’t about to let it get to her, but she has something to say about it all.

“It did upset me when I saw a lot of young people fighting on the Internet [about it]. My desire is always to bring people together. I never care personally what people say about me. But is it inspiring a community to split down the center and go to war over who is the queen? The music, and the message—this will always be more important to me than people thinking I’m the best.”

So what is her message to her fans? Love, acceptance, happiness, creativity, bravery. All the things that make Gaga, Gaga. She never has a “day off” from being in character, she says, because she truly lives out who she is daily.

“An artist is the only thing I want to be. I only want my freedom and my creativity. It’s all that I live for. I reject the idea that I have to take all [the costumes and makeup] off to be f–king authentic.”

Aside from the banter about meeting President Obama, and her work for the LGBT community, Gaga tells Andy who her own role model is right now.

A young called named Emma Carroll who has cerebral palsy. Gaga paid for her hip surgery and is proud that she can now do things she never thought she could.

“Watching her push through her greatest fears lets me know that I can do anything. She’s so inspiring.”

That deserves applause!

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