Lady Gaga Writes an Essay on Womanhood

By Maryann Yin 

Lady Gaga has written an essay for Harper’s Bazaar. The Grammy Award-winning singer explores the issues that come with being a woman in the twenty first century.
In this piece, Lady Gaga, whose birth name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, shares details about some of the women who have had an influence on her including her mother, her two grandmothers, and an aunt she never met named Joanne. Here’s an excerpt:

“My grandfather was a shoemaker, and my father’s mother worked with him when she wasn’t home with their kids. They had two children. They lost one of them—my father’s sister, Joanne, who I’m named after. Joanne died when she was 19. I called my album Joanne because Joanne’s presence was always important to me. The best way to describe my relationship with her is that it’s like the relationship someone might have with an angel or a spirit guide or whatever you think of as a higher power.”

(via New York Magazine)