Lady Gaga Biography

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Lady Gaga wasn’t always the five-foot-two, meat-dress-clad pop goddess she is know to be today. As found in Lady Gaga: A Biography, by author Paula Johanson, throughout the course of her career, she has shocked and challenged the standards of society and the media with her edgy performances and outlandish outfits. From young Stefani Germanotta who grew up in Manhattan to pop sensation Lady Gaga, she has changed the lives of her fans and pop culture in general along the way. Her ascension to stardom despite a quite arduous journey is both an entertaining story and beacon of hope for those who are struggling with life (2012). Along the way, she has taken time to both push the agenda of the LGBTQ+ community, raise awareness for several disorders and diseases, provide assistance for children at risk, and show her support for victims of Hurricane Harvey. From the beginning, Stefani Germanotta was an individual who was destined for fame. According to the official website of New York Magazine, she was raised by an upper-to-middle class family. She attended a prestigious private school, Sacred Heart, and was remembered by her friends and peers as a popular individual, even though she considered herself an outsider at times. She was quite busy at this time; she took up a job waitressing, and found success with various musical and acting activities in which she was involved at school. Not long afterward, she started a punk rock band which she would keep active for a while, although she would not find much fame through this outlet (“Growing Up Gaga”). As explained by Darryl Pinckney, an author for the New York Times in an interview that he conducted with Lady Gaga herself, Gaga was inspired heavily by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz from ... ... middle of paper ... ... her fans (“Lady Gaga Open up About. . .”). Lady Gaga, formerly known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is one of the most influential artists of all time. Not only has she pushed the boundaries of music and music videos, but she has changed the lives of people all over the world. With her avant-garde style and erratic behavior, she has single-handedly pushed the agenda of both queer people as well as anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. From growing up in Manhattan as a talented young girl to navigating through two record labels all whilst suffering from a series of diseases and mental challenges, she is a living testament that anyone can follow their dreams and be successful, despite what challenges they may face. Her career has only gone uphill since The Fame and will hopefully continue to escalate as she keeps on changing the lives of her supporters.
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