Lady Gaga's Bulimia Battle Is ... Complicated

Katie Baker thinks there are mixed messages in star's 'inspiring' campaign
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2012 5:50 PM CDT
One of the photos of herself Lady Gaga posted.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – Lady Gaga's new Body Revolution campaign, and her admission that she's still struggling with bulimia, are "inarguably inspiring," writes Katie JM Baker of Jezebel. It's beautiful to see women who are insecure about their bodies proudly posting photos. But Baker also detects a troubling mixed message: It's as if Gaga is trying to prove that photos which surfaced of her last week looking heavier were doctored. "Let's be honest, she looks bangin'" in the newly self-published underwear photos, Baker writes. "Or, I'll be honest: I'm jealous of her body."

"Wouldn't it be awesome if she decided to really not give a f--- about what people thought, thus changing the status quo and forcing us to reconsider what a superstar should look like?" Baker asks. "Possibly. But Gaga isn't a role model designed by an eating disorder PSA. … She's a real person." How could she not send mixed messages? At least she's admitting her struggle—that alone could "alter the way the media makes us feel horrible about our bodies." Read the full post here.

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