Glamour’s Women Of The Year Awards took place earlier this week and Lada Gaga was among the 12 women honored (along with Kerry Washington, Malala Yousafzai, Gabby Giffords, Christy Turlington Burns and Melinda Gates). In Gaga’s epic acceptance speech, she said, “If I could forfeit my Glamour cover, I would give it to Malala.” Malala Yousafzai is a 16-year-old Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban as she protested a ban on girls’ education a year ago. Gaga’s message is one of maturity and responsibility and I love her for it. Gaga continued, “A lot of people in this room have a lot. When you go home, ask yourself: How can I do more?”
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As an unconventional activist, Lady Gaga has been an advocate for gay rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, natural disaster relief and has even launched the “Born This Way Foundation,” which focuses on youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. I love that Lady Gaga uses her star power for good and wants to urge the media to highlight activists like Malala who aren’t “celebrated” like she is.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gaga confessed that she thinks now is the time we need to be honoring more than just celebrities. “I am very grateful that I was chosen to be on the cover, but I think it’s really an important time to look at the sphere of all the women that are being honored tonight. And to turn glamour into something that’s not on the outside, but something that’s on the inside.” Sure celebs typically display an element of physical beauty, but what about the beauty that goes beyond skin deep, like Malala’s incredible story of triumph from tragedy?
It must have been Malala’s riveting speech that inspired Lady Gaga to speak up, “I believe that a gun has no power at all,” she said. “Because a gun can only kill. A pen can give life, a pen can save life,” Malala stated. “There is no freedom, but still there is hope,” Yousafzai said in reference to the limited opportunities of young women in Pakistan. “We are not toys. We are not stickers you put on magazines. We are not puppets. We are human beings with capabilities and potentials.”
While Glamour may not adhere to Lady Gaga’s longing for Malala to be on the cover, the conversation has been given the spotlight and Malala’s importance to not only Pakistan, but women all over the world has been heavily felt. I’d love to see Malala on the cover of Glamour, but I’d happily settle for Time, which is more likely. Either way, a special thanks to Lady Gaga for opening up the conversation is in order.
Here’s an “Applause” for you, Lady Gaga!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"