If someone, anyone has ever told you that dreams never come true, introduce them to Stefani Germanotta or Lady Gaga (as she is known professionally).
The 32-year-old singer-songwriter and actor dropped out of Collaborative Arts Project 21 to pursue her singing career but had her record cancelled by Def Jam records. She later went to sign with Interscope records and KonLive Distribution with the help of Akon, when she was working as a songwriter at Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Voted as one of the most influential personalities of the decade, Gaga is an LGBTQ activist who holds six Grammys, three Brit music awards and is a Guinness Book of World Records Award holder.
The five music albums she has launched till date have sold over 27 million copies and her hit singles have sold over 145 million copies worldwide, making her one of the best selling artists ever in history.
Recently she has wowed every person who has seen her perform her music and act in Bradley Cooper’s directorial venture A Star is Born, in which she plays the female lead.
She and Cooper have also sung and co-produced 19 of the film’s 34 tracks, all of which were performed live on Gaga’s insistence. She has also been nominated for multiple Oscars and Grammys for her original songs in the movie.
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Gaga is one of the few celebrities who is very active with her social work. Besides donating regularly to earthquake and other natural calamity relief organisations, she also contributes wholly to the cause of HIV and AIDS prevention worldwide. She has helped raise more than $202 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
She joined forces with the Dalai Lama to talk about the importance of kindness and our role in making the world a more compassionate place back in 2016. She also worked with former Vice President Joe Biden on the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign where they helped sign over 250,000 students to the cause of solidarity and activism.
In 2012, Gaga launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) which is a non-profit that focuses on youth empowerment. The name of the foundation is based on the her 2011 single and album of the same name. The central narrative of the foundation is tackling bullying in all its forms.
Since October 2015, the BTWF has launched multiple campaigns to tackle the endemic of online harassment. On the 2018 World Kindness Day, Gaga partnered with the foundation to bring food and relief to a Red Cross shelter for people who have been forced to evacuate homes due to the California wildfires.
Gaga ain’t afraid of saying the ‘gay’ word
Being an openly bisexual woman, Gaga is one of the leading advocates of LGBTQ rights around the world. She has gone on the record and thanked most of her fans for making it very comfortable for her to becoming a leading gay icon around the world.
She even stands against the US Army’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that does not allow open ‘homosexuals’ to participate in active duty. She has taken to multiple social media avenues to plead with her fans to reach out to their senators to overturn this policy.
She has even been very vocal about her stance against current US President Donald Trump and his military transgender ban. She came out in support of Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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