Your Words Have Power Use Them Wisely And Stop Bullying
“Of course I’ve had an ugly period. When I was around 10 or 11, my mother gave me this really ugly haircut and I was really, really chubby. So chubby that my family used to all lay me down flat so they could zip up my jeans. It took four of them and I would lie there on the bed while they all got to it.”
However, when today I look back I realize every moment is not perfect. But it’s definitely more good times than bad. You can’t even compare. And when I’m on stage it feels incredible.
Gaga remembers that time not-so-fondly, as the era she was “teased for being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying.” Her classmates also made fun of the way she dressed and wore makeup, because they totally knew better when it came to fashion. Yeah, right.
“In high school I wasn’t a hippie or a stoner, so I ended up being the weirdo. I was interested in classical ballet and music, so the kids were quite mean if you were different,” the First Lady of Pop told Vanity Fair. “I was one of those people that people were mean to.”
So, as they say in the entertainment industry, she ‘used it’. “I decided to emphasize my differences…If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you’re always going to be disappointed.” These days, she’s rarely disappointed—not because she doesn’t care what society thinks of her, but because she’s freaking Madonna.
As an aspiring teen pop star, she was the object of ridicule among her Staten Island classmates. A few tormenters would slash her tires to prevent her from getting to gigs on time and mess with her microphone to embarrass her on the stage. “There was a lot of resentment and I think there was a bit of jealousy involved,” Aguilera revealed during her ‘Behind the Music’. “There were threats that were made on me and my mom. They would thrash my tires if I would win a certain competition… I just remember (thinking), ‘I gotta get out of here, I gotta go make my dream out there.”