It takes a very special kind of person to be a devoted philanthropist. Oftentimes, it also takes someone who knows just how to think “outside the box.” Such is the case with glam rock/pop queen Lady Gaga.
What’s more, Lady Gaga is never afraid to use her celebrity status to help catapult a good cause to the top. The two-time Grammy winner teamed up with Virgin Mobile for her Monster Ball tour and offered “premium VIP tickets to fans who volunteer their time to homeless youth organizations.” As a result, more than $80,000 in funds were raised, and 30,000 hours were served for different charities around the U.S.
On Jan. 24, Lady Gaga donated all the proceeds from the ticket sales for one of her shows toward relief efforts for Haiti after the devastating earthquake. Together with the proceeds from that day’s sales of online merchandise, her “Gaga for Haiti” day raised over $500,000.
Alongside recording artist Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga has also actively supported rights for the LGBT community, and is considered to be a “rising gay icon,” having been embraced by the gay community.
Despite being constantly criticized for her public image (including her wild, zany costumes and her somewhat androgynous appearance), Lady Gaga always asserts her beliefs when interviewed. She has also performed at a National Equality March and at a San Francisco Pride event, and is quoted as calling Ellen DeGeneres, “an inspiration for women and the gay community.”
So, even though you may not be able to read her Poker Face, it’s pretty clear that the glam girl wears her heart on her sleeve– and shares it with others.
And so, another week begins. I’ll keep you posted of anything new that comes up, of course!