When you look at all the powerful women in the public eye today, the title of “most inspiring woman” could go to a number of prospects. You have to look at how this woman is influencing the culture around her, what she is representing, and most importantly what message she is putting out into the media universe. With all the women making names for themselves in business and media, Lady Gaga has broken the mold on what it means to be “inspiring.”
It is hard to look away when the camera turns her way at an award show, people simply cannot deny the fact that she is giving them something to talk about. While her avant-garde outfits never fail to turn heads and magazine pages, Lady Gaga uses her fame and her voice to put current issues out into the forefront of what people should be paying attention to. You are lying to yourself if you think you don’t hear what she is talking about in her all meat ball gowns or when she is being escorted into an award show inside of an eggshell. She demands attention and has yet to fail at achieving it.
Fame and fortune may qualify some women as being an inspiration, but Gaga uses the attention she receives to take the spotlight shining on herself and to shift it over to something that wouldn’t be getting it otherwise. Her desire for marriage equality has taken as far as to a equal rights rally in front of the White House. Gaga addressed Obama in her speech, vocalizing the opinions of the millions of individuals there that day. She has stood up for gender equality, blurring the lines of gender by dressing up as a man and showing the public that gender and sexuality are only labels…not stigmas. She wants everyone’s voices to be heard, and if it has to be through her then she is willing to accept that challenge.
To me, in order to be inspiring you must be “breaking the mold” of what other people are doing and saying. While most people think Lady Gaga is crazy, she is doing something that no one has done before. Those who call her crazy are crazy themselves, crazy not to take into account that they are witnessing a female take the world into her hands and making them listen, whether they like it or not. THAT is INSPIRING.