in brief: lady gaga slams photoshopping of her glamour magazine cover
Last week, Lady Gaga was presented with a Glamour Women of the Year award. The awards are designed to showcase the most inspiring and influential women each year. But rather than an acceptance speech, Gaga made a critique of the heavy photoshopping and airbrushing of her photos.
Gaga featured on the front cover of Glamour’s December issue. Along with this, was a touching interview where she spoke about her own insecurity, beauty and body-image. In response to her cover the star said that, like fellow Glamour honouree, Malala Yousafzai, she wanted to use her voice to speak up.
‘I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft.’
Gaga made it clear that she believes in the damaging effects that digitally altered images can have on young women. She urged girls to ‘fight back against the forces that say you have to be beautiful.’
This is the second time that Gaga has been noticeably photo-shopped by a magazine. When she was featured on the cover of Vogue in 2012, a behind-the-scenes video from the cover shoot showed just how much altering had gone into the cover after all.
But this time, Gaga made a stand. In a bold move, she criticised the magazine presenting her with the award.
‘It is fair to write about the changes in your magazines,’ she said. ‘But what I want to see is the change on your covers… When the covers change, that’s when culture changes.’