Lady Gaga was honored at Elle’s Women in Hollywood reception. And in a moving speech, she talked about mental illness and her own sexual assault (and confirmed her engagement to agent Christian Carino).
In her oversized Marc Jacobs suit, the star also explained the ethos behind her outfit, an why she could not put on a dress that day. “I tried on dress after dress today getting ready for this event, one tight corset after another, one heel after another, a diamond, a feather, thousands of beaded fabrics and the most beautiful silks in the world. To be honest, I felt sick to my stomach. And I asked myself: What does it really mean to be a woman in Hollywood? Lady Gaga began.
She went on to say how much pressure women put on their looks and their bodies was important. “We are not just objects to entertain the world. We are not simply images to bring smiles or grimaces to people’s faces. We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit against one another for the pleasure of the public.”
Because women in Hollywood “are voices. We have deep thoughts and ideas and beliefs and values about the world and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced.”
Here is a significant portion of her speech:
Video: Lady Gaga gives an emotional speech after being honoured at ELLE's 25th annual Women in Hollywood Gala (Part 1) pic.twitter.com/p5Is2G9Hmp
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