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Lady Gaga Says Women Should ‘Take Off The Corsets’ And Start Being Fighters

‘Health, happiness, love — these are the things that are at the heart of a great lady’

A week ago, Lady Gaga encouraged fans to vote in the presidential election by writing on Instagram, “Let’s go you modern suffragettes, go put on your hats and #GoVote. ‘Corsets Off!’”

Now, in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar, the Joanne singer has elaborated on that last phrase by declaring that it’s time for women to revolt against the corsets that are holding them back.

“You know, I never thought I’d say this, but isn’t it time to take off the corsets?” she wrote. “As someone who loves them, I think it’s time to take them off.”

Gaga covers the magazine’s November/December issue, and inside, she shares an essay about what it means to be a woman in today’s world. For her, it means being strong, but also having the courage to own your emotions.

“Being a lady today means being a fighter. It means being a survivor,” she wrote. “It means letting yourself be vulnerable and acknowledging your shame or that you’re sad or you're angry. It takes great strength to do that.”

Gaga turned 30 this past March, and she says the milestone birthday gave her a clearer vision of what she wants out of life — which is not, in fact, chasing “the fame monster.”

“I turned 30 this year, and I’m a fully formed woman,” she wrote. “I have a clear perspective on what I want. That, for me, is success. I want to be somebody who is fighting for what's true — not for more attention, more fame, more accolades.”

She continued, “Health, happiness, love — these are the things that are at the heart of a great lady, I think. That's the kind of lady I want to be.”