Fresh off the release of her latest album, Lady Gaga takes the cover of the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar, striking a confident pose in the now-signature pink hat that has followed her along the entirety of her Joanne promotional tour.
Inside, the Hillary Clinton supporter, who marched down to New York City’s Trump Tower last week to protest the U.S. election results, shares her timely thoughts on the hardships of being a woman in a poignant essay she penned in honour of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. “Being a lady today means being a fighter,” she writes. “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.”
“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,” Gaga continues. “You know, I never thought I’d say this, but isn’t it time to take off the corsets? As someone who loves them, I think it’s time to take them off.”
Gaga, who turned 30 years old in March, also opens up about her rejection of fame now that she’s discovered a “fully formed” vision for her life. “Fame is the best drug that’s ever existed,” she explains. “But once you realize who you are and what you care about, that need for more, more, more just goes away.
“What matters is that I have a great family, I work hard, I take care of those around me, I provide jobs for people I love very much, and I make music that I hope sends a good message into the world,” the singer adds. “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.”
The December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands November 22.