After just my second ever blog post (June 2009), Calling out Professional Entertainers, in which I blamed Sarah Jessica Parker (yuk) for creating the “bare legs culture” with her TV series, “Sex and the City,” I’ve been dilligent in criticizing celebrities who buy into this awful trend.
Then, in August 2009, I wrote the post, Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due, giving props to some special celebs who are classy and professional enough to wear pantyhose. I praised the likes of Olivia Munn (co-host of Attack of the Show) and model/actress Milla Jovovich.
Obviously, there are many celebs who deserve such praise. I particularly appreciate and like very much Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock and Linda Fiorentino. And, even though I don’t see these two pantyhose goddesses much anymore, I’ll always love Kim Basinger and Geena Davis. Then, there’s Parker Posey, once known as Miss Pantyhose. These actors have the class and elegance to always wear pantyhose on the set. I know you have your favorites, too. (You gotta write in and tell us who.)
But today’s post is devoted to one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga. You know the story: She has exploded on the dance music scene with four No. 1 hits off her debut album, “The Fame,” has won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, has written songs for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls and others, and has become one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2009.” And she’s just 23 years old.
From what I’ve read and heard in interviews with her, Lady Gaga is more than just a flashy new entertainment phenom. Already, she is a dance, music, entertainment, fashion icon. She is wise beyond her years, probably an old soul in a young body.
You might not like her music, her dancing, her fashion designs, her lifestyle, or her outspoken ways, but you gotta admit she is a force, and a successful one at that. I do like her sound, her look, and her style. What I really like is her sense of values. First, she is devoted to her mother, father and sister. Second, she is committed to dressing up all the time, and she is a devoted wearer of pantyhose – not just on stage, but everywhere she’s seen.
Consider this quote from Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls during an interview last month with Elle Magazine:
“She (Lady Gaga) is incredible … We’ll be at the airport and she’ll have full fishnets … on even then. I’ll be there with my hair tied up, old sweatpants and top that doesn’t even match, and she’s there in fishnets and not much else.”
Said Lady Gaga:
“When I meet celebrities and they’re in casual clothes, I’m always like: ‘Whaaat?’ I don’t mean to be judgmental, but it would do them better to be who they really are, all the time. This is really who I am all the time. When I get out of a car and there are 30 fans waiting for me, I know I’m dressed the way I should be. There’s a reason they have that emotional reaction. I think you should look nice all the time.”
Lady Gaga has even publicly promised we won’t see her wearing pants. Her commitment to look good for her fans and to always present herself with class and style whenever she’s in public, to me, is very admirable. And she’s only 23.
I remember when the “bare legs” movement was just gathering steam in the mid-1990s, some show biz industry columnist wrote something to the effect that it would take a young entertainer, “maybe like a Britney Spears,” who would wear pantyhose on a regular basis to set an example for young women, who otherwise might never even consider wearing pantyhose.
I never forgot that statement, pretty much figured it would never happen, and now, truly appreciate Lady Gaga’s sense of glamour and style for creating some much-needed press about pantyhose.
“I’m just trying to change the world one sequin at a time,” she told Elle Magazine last month.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ga-ga over Lady Gaga.