By Alyssa Goldman, EnStarz | Sep 25, 2012 04:30 PM EDT
When Lady Gaga declared she gained 25 pounds and said, "I really don't feel bad about it, not even for a second," she meant it.
Headlines declared she was "meaty" and had "piled on the pounds." But Gaga is fighting back and inspiring all of her Little Monsters to join in the "Body Revolution," a new sub-section of her website, in hopes of inspiring body confidence and acceptance.
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Mother Monster posted pictures of herself in just a bra and thong. Along with the series of photos, she wrote, "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15. But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery. and BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION."
Gaga's revealing photos struck a chord with fans, who felt that her story was theirs. She received an outpour of supportive comments.
One fan wrote, "Thank you for making me love myself! Sometimes people tell me that I'm ugly and fat, even if I'm not! And the only reason that I can say that is because of you. You have changed my life! I love you! Before you came into my life I was insecure, I cried over bullies, I cried over my ugly body, but you make me feel beautiful! Thank you for all you've done! I love you so much! Love And Kisses, Olivia."
Another wrote, "I can't stop crying. Gaga i'm battling the same thing right now; you met me in Sydney the first thing you said to me was 'Oh my God you're so skinny' And from then on i've been trying to recover so much but it's been killing me, i've been relapsing a lot lately and all i do is cry about my body and i feel like i wish i never did recover but this. looking at this is making me strong. You inspire me. If you can be strong, i can too. Thankyou for helping me. TYhankyou for everything."
The fan had the confidence to post a (fully clothed) picture of herself and put it next to a skeletal photo of herself taken only a few months ago.
Gaga encouraged her fans to post pictures of themselves as well. "Hey Guys its Gaga... Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities."
She also wrote, "My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: 'to inspire bravery.' This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your 'perceived flaws,' as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous."
The singer even got her friends and family involved in the "Body Revolution."
Her legion of fans began posting their partially clothed pictures as requested by Mother Monster. All of them credited Gaga for making them brave enough to do it.
Along with a photo of an arm with scars, one fan wrote, "I used to cut myself, deeply, because I couldn't handle the mental pain that I felt. It was really hard to stop, but you've made me brave, Gaga. It still hurts to look at them, but I feel proud that I've moved on. Thank you."
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