Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist.

Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist.

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist. A global icon, she has won over millions of hearts with her musical talents, eccentric and flamboyant style, and inspiring activism.


Her remarkable musical career began in 2008, with her debut album "The Fame", which included the hits "Just Dance", "Poker Face" and "Paparazzi". The album was a huge commercial success, selling over 15 million copies worldwide and earning her several Grammy Award nominations.


Since then, she has continued to push the boundaries of pop music, with her unique blend of electronic, dance and rock elements. She has released six studio albums, each showcasing her impressive vocal range and willingness to experiment with different sounds and genres. Her latest album, "Chromatica", released in 2020, was critically acclaimed for its driving dance-pop music and themes of resilience and self-acceptance.


Lady Gaga's impact on the music industry goes beyond her hits and record sales. She has been praised for her artistic vision, her fearless approach to fashion and style, and her commitment to promoting social justice and equality through her music.


She has also been a pioneer in lgbtqia+ representation in the music industry. She is an outspoken advocate for this community, using her platform to promote equality and acceptance, and was recognized for her contributions to lgbtqia+, receiving the "Advocate for Change" Award at the Stonewall Day 2019 concert. Moreover, her song "Born This Way" has become an anthem for lgbtqia+ rights.


An inspiration to countless fans worldwide, Lady Gaga has left an indelible mark on the music industry.

But beyond her musical successes, she is also known for her philanthropic commitments and humanitarian efforts, which have touched the lives of millions of people around the world.


Raised in a family that placed great importance on charity and self-sacrifice, she was encouraged by her parents to volunteer and support various causes from an early age. This upbringing had a profound impact on her philanthropic work throughout her career. She has supported numerous humanitarian organizations and initiatives, particularly in the fields of education, health and social justice.


In 2011, she founded her Born This Way Foundation, which aims to empower young people and promote mental health and well-being. This non-profit organization has partnered with several organizations to launch initiatives such as the Channel Kindness program, which aims to highlight the stories of young people who have made a positive impact in their communities. The foundation has also launched the #BeKind21 campaign, which encourages people to practice kindness for 21 days and promotes a culture of empathy and compassion.


In 2010, Lady Gaga donated $1 million to the Red Cross for relief operations in Haiti after a devastating earthquake. She has also supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Trevor Project and the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and support services for lgbtqia+ youth in New York.


Her philanthropic efforts have not gone unnoticed, and her work with the Born This Way Foundation was recognized in 2019, when she received the Global Changemaker Award at the Children Mending Hearts Gala. In 2020, she also received the Artist Award at the inaugural Queer Advocate Awards for her work on behalf of the lgbtqia+ community.


More than a talented musician and artist, Lady Gaga is also a passionate philanthropist who uses her platform to make a positive impact on the world. Through her work with the Born This Way Foundation, and her unwavering support of numerous humanitarian causes, she has inspired millions of people to give back and make a difference in their communities. Lady Gaga's commitment to kindness, empathy and social justice reminds us of the power of compassion and the importance of giving back.


Beyond music, Lady Gaga is also an accomplished entrepreneur, who has ventured into the fashion and beauty industry.

In 2011, she launched her own fashion line, Haus of Gaga, which includes a range of products such as sunglasses, hats and jewelry. She has also collaborated with several designers, including Giorgio Armani, on her stage costumes and outfits.

In 2019, she launched her own beauty brand, Haus Laboratories, which offers a range of make-up products designed to promote self-expression and inclusion. The brand was praised for its commitment to diversity and its message of empowering people to be themselves.


Lady Gaga has also teamed up with other brands such as Tiffany & Co, making her the first celebrity to take part in a campaign for the iconic jewelry brand.


A true chameleon since her early days, no style or field escapes her. From music to entrepreneurship and philanthropy, she also revealed herself as an actress.


In 2018, audiences discover her acting talents in the film "A Star Is Born", alongside Bradley Cooper. Without any artifice, she lays herself bare in the role of a promising young singer thrust into the spotlight, which somewhat echoes her own career. The film is a worldwide success, her performance is critically acclaimed and the film's soundtrack, which she composed, ranks among the world's best sellers, making her the artist with the most number-one albums in the US charts during the 2010s. Her musical and acting performances are rewarded with the Best Original Song award for "Shallow", and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.


In 2021, she returned to the big screen in Ridley Scott's biographical drama "House of Gucci". She plays Patrizia Reggiani, the wife of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson and heir to the founder of the Italian luxury brand Gucci. For almost two years, she took Italian lessons, transformed herself physically to fit the character and followed the Actor Studio method. Once again, her performance is noticed and earns her her 5th Golden Globe nomination.


In 2022, she composes and performs the soundtrack for the film "Top Gun: Maverick", including the main song "Hold my hand", nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination in 2023 for Best Original Song.


In 2024, she will star as the legendary Harley Quinn in the eagerly-awaited "Joker: Folie à deux", the sequel to the psychological drama "Joker", alongside Joaquin Phoenix.


Whether in music, fashion, beauty or film industry, Lady Gaga has been unwavering in her commitment to creativity, self-expression and empowering others to become authentic beings. She has not only extended her brand, talent and influence, but also advocated inclusion and diversity in every field she has touched. More than a multi-talented artist, she has risen to become an icon, and will forever remain a source of inspiration for millions of people around the world.


© Article par Julie Henry Poutrel pour Adama Toulon.

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