Lady Gaga: Was She Born This Way?

Lady Gaga...

I'm officially out of the closet. Lady Gaga has achieved something even more difficult than bumping Oprah from the #1 spot on Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities list....she gained me as a fan. It's all good. I have no intentions of dressing up like a Little Monster, she's not my Mother Monster and I have no intentions of wearing a meat dress! I was not always a fan! Up until a year ago I was one of the many who referred to her as Lady Gag-me until I did the unthinkable. I stopped judging her by her appearance and began listening to what she had to say as a person. It was during this process that she reeled me in.

Lady Gaga also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is definitely a unique individual. Her love and respect for her family is powerful. Her family is her world and they fully support her. She was raised Catholic and still practices her religion which might surprise some. Her sister is a fashion designing student and assists with her designs, keeping it in the family....kudos to Gaga! Her father's sister died at a young age from Lupus and Gaga has tested borderline positive for the disease but luckily has no symptoms and is a healthy 25 year old. She wears her Aunt Joanne's birth certificate on a chain (in the form of a charm) and prays to her before each show. Her mother claims that she was really "born this way" and is the real deal. Who are we to question what mama gaga says.

She adores her fans aka Little Monsters and is fascinated by their admiration for her. She hasn't allowed her stardom to go to her head (from what I can tell). Sure she has freaklandish outfits but she's a creative artist expressing herself. Many of us would say she's screaming for attention, well if she is more power to her because it's working!!

Bullying is just plain wrong. Gaga was bullied in school. She was thrown in trash cans, pushed around and ridiculed for her appearance. Bullying brought her to where she is now. That's quite an accomplishment! She used that torture and misfortune to achieve success. She could have gone down another path and permitted the bullies to win, but she didn't and she deserves an atta girl for that. The sad thing is until this day she considers herself a loser and has a tendency to become emotional due to her past abuse. Bullies have no conception of the damage they cause while they are basically entertaining their insignificance.

There are many celebrities that present themselves with their individual identities and have a large fan base. Ozzy Osbourne bit the heads off of bats and look at all he's accomplished! KISS never performed without their makeup and had wild stage antics and they were successful. I now say the more unique the better! I guess we'll never know if Lady Gaga was born this way but if she was she's a lucky lady!

What I've learned from Lady Gaga in the past few months will stick with me forever. I've finally learned to never judge a book by it's cover. Yes it's taken me awhile but I'm finally there and I'm happy about it. I now appreciate people and the uniqueness that they offer the world. We are all different, rare individuals who represent the melting pot that we thrive in. We all have something to offer society, some of us just haven't found our niche yet. I prefer to think we were all born this way and that makes this world a better place. Rock on Monsters! Paws Up!!

Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress....

Lady Gaga Quotes....

"And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time."
Lady Gaga

"Well, that's your opinion, isn't it? And I'm not about to waste my time trying to change it."
Lady Gaga

"As artists, we are eternally heartbroken."
Lady Gaga

"To everyone who says this is wrong to feel like this say, 'I was born this way baby."
Lady Gaga

"When I wake up in the morning, I feel like any other insecure 24-year-old girl. Then I say,'Bitch, you're Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today."
Lady Gaga

"I've always been famous, it's just no one knew it yet."
Lady Gaga

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Londonlady 5 years ago

Hahahaha, I LOVE hubs with catchy titles. It always makes me want to read them. Did you hear, apparently Gaga is more influential than Oprah now. I think this is because Oprah's show is ending. I'm wondering if Gaga deserves it, I mean, she has only crazy unwearable fashion and music going for her. She better be ready to be a good role model. Great hub, voted up! :)

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Yes I did hear about Gaga being more influential than Oprah but Im still digesting that. Those are some big shoes to fill and I personally don't think Gaga could pull it off...,she still has some reeling to do with me! Lol thanks for the up!!

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

I have to admit my knowledge of Lady Gaga was (1) I knew she was a singer (2) I heard she won a meat dress at an awards show and (3) that was very popular. After reading your hub I can say I she why people like her so much....she has some great quotes, the video is pretty impressive too......I do not see how she bumped Oprah from the most influential title.....when Lady Gaga has her own network, magazine and book club...maybe then she will top Oprah....great hub thanks for sharing this information...voted up

Sunshine625 5 years ago

Hey cogerson :) Aren't you glad that now you know more about Gaga? FYI: Justin Bieber is hub or not to hub that is the question. Haha! Thanks for your comment! :)

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dallasnicole 5 years ago from Maryland

Very touching. I recently became a fan as well.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

So you got yourself reeled in also dallasnicole! Enjoy you little monster! :-))

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dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

Lady Gaga has the nerve to wear on the outside what she feels on the inside. I don't think we all have to do that, but we'd sure be healthier if we did accept our "insides" like Gaga does! Thought-provoking hub about not judging, rated up and awesome!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

dearabby kudos to you for your point of view! Well said! Thank you for sharing!!

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allexia26 5 years ago

Wow I never really knew all that about Lady Gaga, I just thought she was sort of weird, but that what I get for judging a book by it cover, nice hub

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

My point exactly allexia. No more judging for me....listen first judge second LOL

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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

All I know about Lady Gaga is she knows how to market her talent. I like that. She is also unafraid to take on controversial issues and I really like that. Thanks for a more thorough view of a sharp little lady. up/awesome

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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

I still can't call myself a fan but I have to admit that as usual an impression without a little bit of digging and investigation, is usually way off mark. It still tickles me to catch myself doing what I accuse others of doing. Thanks for the info and making me take another look at who I tell myself I should be.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Fay and Stump for your comments. Miss Gaga has accomplished much and continues to make herself be seen and heard. Who knows what surprise she has in store for us next.

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Joni Lynelle 5 years ago from Kansas, USA

Hi Sunshine,

This is the first time I am seeing a photo of the meat dress. It is interesting to say the least! I became intrigued with Lady Gaga with her first performance on American Idol some years back. She did her new (at the time) song Poker Face. Her talent on the piano sold me; I love piano music.

Her performance of Edge of Glory on this years finale was really amazing, even if I would suggest it is PG rated. It really showcased her awesome singing talent.

I am still not sure that I agree that she is more influential than Oprah, but she is a force to be reckoned with, and I also agree that her words of wisdom should be heard.

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Lay Gaga's brought back glam rock in the reformation of Electronica in full force and message.;)

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Joni and Mentalist for your comments. Lady Gaga is unique and is gaining popularity on a daily basis. Paws up little monsters :)

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Joni Lynelle 5 years ago from Kansas, USA

\o/ RAWR!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

LOL thanks for the laugh Joni!!!

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cherrycrime26 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

Great hub, I'm a big fan, its so sad she had to go through so much hardship, I'm glad she's on top of the world now.

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

She was on American Idol, which i happen to like watching. She resembled a stripper whilst performing her new song, which i quite liked. (The song not her act) Most of the modern acts are raunchy and Madonna was probably more out there. She's got my vote in the singing dept', but i'm getting too old for the other stuff.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Yes cherry ... Gaga is on top of the world now. She's a unique talent! Paws up monster! :)

attemptedhumour...welcome to my hubs, it's a pleasure to have you! We're never to old for anything! Thank you for visiting! :)

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Yes i suppose you are right.

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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

I was like you at first I didnt even think she was talented at all, I started listening to some of her songs, then one night I saw her on letterman, and I was impressed with her, she seems like the real deal. Great hub again:):) ge

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

She is sure a brilliant woman and has taken it one more step up than what Madonna did. But that is just my opinion :) Great hub!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Your opinion is always appreciated and it's not only because I agree with you! :)

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

I doubt that I will ever be a huge Lady Gaga fan, but this is great hub, well written, with lots of information. Well done! voted up, useful, awesome

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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

I am a huge Gaga fan. Her art is amazing (and I'm a grandma!)

Great hub!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you K. Burns for the vote and comment!

Gypsy I'm a grandma too...PAWS UP Granny!!! :))

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lilibees 5 years ago

I too am a fan! The more I learn about her the more intrigued I become and the more of a fan. Not so much her music but her uncanny ability to not give a #$@% about what others think.

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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Admittedly, I have barely paid attention to her and this hub is my first real look at who she might be. The meat dress totally reminds me of a similarly bizzare rock icon from many years ago when I was a teen: Frank Zappa. Considered "weird" by some, he was also a musical genius in the eyes of others.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

lilbees...I like the way you and Gaga think!!! great point!

Sinea...I forgot about Frank Zappa, thanks for the reminder. I'm glad I was able to help you better understand Lady Gaga. :)

kitty 5 years ago

Hi, sunshine625! Aren't you just a bright ray of light! I have also written two hubs on Lady Gaga, aka Mother Monster. I recently went to her Monster Ball tour in Tampa, FL and was blown away! I love her for who she is and what she represents...and she is most definitely not just another idiot pop star. She is an artist and contributes to the world with her music and her message. Great hub, voted up and awesome!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks Kitty! I try to spread the sunshine! It's nice to meet a fellow Floridian on hubpages!!! Lady Gaga sold out her Monster Ball in Orlando not to long was a success even if I wasn't there...Thanks for the votes :)

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jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

The title caught my attention. You've caught the perfect hook line for it. I'm not too up on pop culture anymore so I always need an explanation to stay in the loop. I'll keep reading.

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Carliismiles<3 5 years ago

You've heard it many times, the title you gave it caught my attention on so many levels and i loved reading every little bit of the article. I agree with you on the whole "dressing up" thing. Her style.. no one can compare, but i could never wear the things she wears. Doesn't mean we can't love her music, right? Anyway, glad you love her! Although a lot of her music is weird, they all have a special message to them!

LilMonster 5 years ago

From one Gaga fan to another GREAT tribute article! I hope Lady Gaga gets to read it!! Voted UP!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'll try my best to keep you in the loop jager!! :)

Carli, you are correct all of Gaga's songs do have a special message which makes them that much better to listen to!

Lil ... I also hope she reads it!

Thanks all for stopping by!

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hey Sunshine,

I've liked Lady Gaga for a while now. I like that she is unique and not afraid to express herself. Once I actually heard her speak on some talk shows, I was more interested. But mainly, the bottom line for me is she has a really good voice. Very well written hub!


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Hi Sunshine - lady Gaga is a interesting person to say the least, have you ever seen her true hollywood story on E? She comes clean about her life ;0)

She is as sly as a fox.

And you know she really has a fantastic voice, I'm not a fan of the crazy outfits but hey you can't argue with her success.

Nice hub

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Yes manthy I've heard Lady Gaga's history which is why I began to admire her. She's unique and has gained respect for her inner self despite her outter self. Thanks for stopping by!

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Rastamermaid 5 years ago from Universe

I like her for what she is singer and entertainer.

She's awesome,I like her stance (I'm me) and how she gets her views across thru lyrics and song.

Great hub!

Voted up!

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marellen 5 years ago

There is no doubt she gets our attention and she is way out there but aside from all that she has a great voice and I like her music. Would I buy her CD, probably not but I wouldn't turn the channel or the radio off if she was on.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks for the comments Rastermermaid and marellen!

If anyone miss the Gaga / Jo Calderone 2011 MTV VMA's Performance from Aug.28th ... you must watch it! Amazing and FUN!

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Peaceful life 5 years ago from Las vegas

wonderful hub, good information!!!!!

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lostwithinmyself 5 years ago

Great hub.. I never knew she was bullied. That is sad but i am glad she has shown all her bullies that she is a strong willed person and look what she has achieved!! Thanks for sharing :) x

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rai2722 5 years ago

Well, not really a fan of Gaga, but I never think that anybody can't be anybody that they want. Free will is God given right to everyone, so why should we think otherwise.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Interesting hub--learned some things I did not know. I applaud her for overcoming bullying--that's a great message. I get so sick of the victim mentality these days.

That said, her music is not my style, and every time I hear her name, I understand your initial reaction of "Lady-Gag-Me." I simply cannot fathom why anyone would choose a stage name that sounds like baby talk babble.

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sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

Hi Sunshine, it's nice to see we have something very much in common...both of us didn't really have a high opinion of Lady Gaga, until we actually listened to her music and what she had to say.

Right on.

Very informative hub you wrote as well. I have done some online reseach on Lady Gaga, but was not aware that she was bullied and ridiculed for her appearance.

What was it about her appearance that gave her such negative attention? As for bullying, that is a very common social problem. It happens a heck of a lot more than people realize.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for stopping by lostwithin and Peaceful life! Your comments are appreciated!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Very valid point rai! I agree:)

Hi DzzyMsLzzy ... I felt that way at one time but she's changed me mind:)

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hello sharewhatyouknow! Bullying is so, so wrong. Lady Gaga has shown them otherwise! Thank you for your comment!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Lady Gaga is one brilliant woman. I am a fan of hers and find her so darn creative.

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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

I don't know that she's more talented than anyone else, but I like her spunk. And she knows how to market to her audience. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

JAS and Alocsin! Thank you for the comments for Gaga! She's one of a kind!! Today (March 28th) is her 26th Birthday:)

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onlooker 4 years ago

Great message, this will be an eye opener to a lot of people out there. And I also enjoyed the random poll. Thank you, Linda.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Ava! I'm glad you enjoyed this tribute to would have been nice if we received an invitation to her birthday bash!:)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I have seen a clip on YouTube with Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. It's before she transformed into Lady Gaga. She has a beautiful voice and plays the piano while singing. I'm sure she is one of the most talented musicians in the world.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Not a fan of her music--but I do think she is a wonderful business woman and I applaud her for that--nice to hear about her in positive ways--thank you Linda!

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emilybee 4 years ago

I got into Gaga when I watched her Very Gaga thanksgiving special on tv. Do you know how gorgeous she is? She's very pretty, but hides it with her strange get-ups! She's said she does that though so people listen to who she is and her real talent- and not just another pretty face like a lot of celebs who are pretty but honestly cannot sing (or act). An odd way to go about it considering many people judge her on what she wears, and that's not what she wants. Gaga's so talented! I was watching I think Dr. Oz recently and a guest for some reason was talking about Gaga, and he knew her. He's like Oh, Stephanie! Yeah she is awesome, a really cool kid when she was younger and her family is great. See, she's real, not just someone named Gaga :) Very talented though!!! Awesome hub. voted up.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Made, Lady Gaga is very talented. I wasn't a fan at first. She won me over...and I'll continue with a response to Audrey's comment... because of her business sense and common sense :)

Thank you both for commenting!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Emily, I also enjoyed her Thanksgiving Special. We had the opportunity to learn more about her many talents. I didn't know her and Oz knew each other. Thank you for your comment! Happy 26th Birthday to Lady Gaga!:)

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kelleyward 4 years ago

I love this hub sunshine! I adore Lady Gaga and like you I was drawn in first by her honesty and vulnerability and then her music, which is amazing! Voted this up and awesome and shared !

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fjohn 4 years ago from india

you described well, and your title is excellent.

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libby1970 4 years ago from KY

Lady Gaga is not my cup of tea! My 16 year old daughter listens to her a little, but she isn't really a fan. She criticizes her quite often. I am not a fan. I don't really like her music at all, it's not my style. I read your hub and am happy that anyone rises above bullying. I don't understand why anyone feels the need to bully another human being. It's sad!

I think a lot of people have trouble taking Lady Gaga seriously because of some of the way she dresses and comes across. I would have never listened to her music had my daughter not had it on. I'm sure this is probably why some people don't like her. They see the outside and her antics but not the inside. That's the real issue here. We see the surface but never the inside. Your hub actually allows us to see a little more than most people see of her. Good job. I still am not a fan but I respect her a little more now.

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earthbound1974 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Lady Gaga rocked the Philippines. She ignored the protesters and paved the way to let her song heard around the archipelago. :D

Jillian 4 years ago

She's such a wonderful person! I've always been a fan ever since I knew of her... Her message is wonderful :3

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tjp 4 years ago from Michigan

Great article also found this new forum site for Lady Gaga.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Linda, great hub. I am in a music mood tonight so I am hopping a lot of music hubs. I think Gaga is a really talented lady and although she is a bit off the wall sometimes, I still think talent shines through! Saw her doing an unplugged session at Abbey Road and she was amazing - made everybody sit up and take notice.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I appreciate your expressions of the tuned-in feelings you have for today's entertainers. Personally, I'm not a bit interested. As far as Lady G goes, I think there are more important reasons for living on this planet. On the other hand, I identify with not judging a book by its cover. Thanks for an insight into a personality I've dismissed from the time I heard her name. Maybe there's something more to wearing meat than meets my eye.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Love those Gaga quotes! This singer is true to herself and ya' gotta respect that. What a marvelous look into her private life. She's a model for turning a tortured, bullying childhood into the biggest success in the world. Leave it to you, Linda, for bringing the best of people to the surface. Rated across and sharing.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Linda Sue.... I love your comment about "doing the unthinkable, and you stopped judging her by appearance and listened to what she had to say as a person.".....profound words GF!! Hey, we've all fallen into that habit a time or two..but the important thing is always, that we learn and grow.....Lady Gaga is "UNIQUE," to say the least.....but damn, she's got a VOICE! She has a heart of gold....which may be why she's amassed her pot of gold!

She sure has shown those bullies! "Now what do you have to say, you bunch of bullying freaks?!!" Ha!......UP & SUPERB!

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Effer! Thanks for stopping by and visiting with Sunshine and Lady Gaga!!

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lovedoctor926 3 years ago

"Well, that's your opinion, isn't it? And I'm not about to waste my time trying to change it." Love this quote and her attitude in regards to bullies. Isn't revenge sweet? I'm glad that you were able to see her for who she really is. Awesome write. I learned some things about her that I didn't know. Up & fantastic

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Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

A great interpretation of a unique artist. Playing out all the sides of herself, I love that. I appreciate the ones who feel supported enough to do that. I agree, being born that way, accepting it, is powerful indeed. Turning it positive, nice.

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