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After a rough election season, Lady Gaga has some empowerment to spread and she's starting with an open letter.

Gaga, in a essay for Harper's Bazaar, is urging us all to figuratively “remove the corsets” that are holding us all back in today's society. The iconic artist wasted no time in taking a stand after Hillary's defeat two weeks ago as she stood outside of Trump Tower with a “Love Trumps Hate” sign to issue her very own war cry.

In her essay, Gaga touches on the reason for her message - a life marked by experience and loss - and the glory in being a woman who has come into her own and is ready to leave her mark.

See a few of our favorite excerpts from the piece below.

On Her Deceased Aunt, Joanne, and Election 2016:

"To me, Joanne was my hope and my faith. I always felt that I had somebody looking out for me, and I looked to her to protect me. As I've gotten older, I've also really looked to her to help understand myself. I thought about Joanne as I was watching the news during the election about the scandal surrounding the Access Hollywood tape. Here we were, in 2016, and the fact that the sort of language that was being used to talk about women was everywhere—on TV, in politics—was eye-opening. I felt depressed and hurt by it because that's what that kind of language does. Then I watched our incredible first lady, Michelle Obama, talk in New Hampshire about how hurt she felt seeing it too. She talked about how women are often afraid to say anything because we're worried that we will appear weak—that we'll be told we're being over-the-top, dramatic, emotional. But we're not. We're fighting for our lives."

On Being a Lady:

"Being a lady today means being a fighter. It means being a survivor. It means letting yourself be vulnerable and acknowledging your shame or that you're sad or you're angry. It takes great strength to do that. Before I made Joanne, I took some time off...I wanted to experience music again the way I did when I was younger, when I just had to make it, instead of worrying what everybody thinks or being obsessed with things that aren't important. Health, happiness, love—these are the things that are at the heart of a great lady, I think. That's the kind of lady I want to be. 

"Health, happiness, love—these are the things that are at the heart of a great lady, I think. That's the kind of lady I want to be." —Lady Gaga (Highlight quote to Tweet)

On Perspective and Success:

"I turned 30 this year, and I'm a fully formed woman. I have a clear perspective on what I want. That, for me, is success. I want to be somebody who is fighting for what's true—not for more attention, more fame, more accolades."

To read the full essay, head on over to Harper's Bazaar now.


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