Thursday, June 2, 2011

The bone collection

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 May 30, 2011 flying from Houston to Sao Paulo

Who doesn’t know Lady Gaga? She is in every radio, Ipod, in ads, magazines, TV shows, anyway, everywhere. Her music may be pop and not ultra special, but nonetheless as catchy as it is commercial. Her looks? Well… let’s just state she is not the usual standard. You either love her or hate her, but she is definitively not indifferent to the general public.

I was getting cozy for my 12 hour-flight last Monday with my new book and my fabulous fashion magazine (“picture” shopping Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Dior and Louboutine’s) which was featuring, well, you know, the one and only MotherMonster: Lady G, as the flaming cover. The image impacted me – not only the super black long overall, hyper high platform heels, extremely thick black eyeliner and pinkish long hair all twisted in a weird pose, but she was sporting… new bones.

Assorted flesh-covered pointy bones around her cheek bones, forehead and across her shoulders; they didn’t look prosthetic, they were not the Halloween scary over the top props, somehow they looked natural - ok maybe not that natural… but real. After surfing thru the colorful pages invaded by brands, there it was: Gaga’s interview and more pictures.

I have to admit, the girl didn’t sound staged – she has very particular ideas and points of view as well as some self confidence and poise that is almost tangible. Eccentric, radical, extreme, energetic, are just a few words that came to my mind while reading the bit. Of course the “bone” collection question popped, for which her answer was something like “these are my bones…they have always been in me… just waiting for the right moment to show up”. I had to read back… I had to think hard. By the time I finished reading my mind was in a strange mood, almost meditative (crazy, uh?). It was just not possible for somebody, even for a famous pop culture icon to be that crazy, that stupid, and that pretentious. Again, she doesn’t give me the impression of a shallow marketing- created puppet with no purpose – her words, attitude and artistic style have to be something more.

Whether the bones are implants or surgical transformation of her own bone structure, it is not relevant. The bones are making a statement: if plastic surgery is acceptable to make cookie-cutter noses, lips and cheek bones, it is also fine to apply it for something else. I get that, no big deal. Did I like it? Not really, but who cares. She is not making a revelation on what true beauty should be, nor is she trying to set a trend. Then, why was I so impacted? Why was I not able to stop thinking about it while looking thru a tiny window 33,000 ft above ground?

…these are my bones… they have always been in me… just waiting for the right moment to show up…

It was the wife in love fighting day by day to keep a marriage together, tolerating more than one can get, accepting excuses as promises that soon everything will be the way it should be… and then one day this hidden warrior grows a backbone and says “no more” …bringing things to an end.
It is the men always in charge, always on top of his game, perfectionist and even arrogant if you like, with un-accepted flaws and many sins…finally having the guts to recognize and face his errors… asking for a second chance to make it right, to make it better.

It is the nerve of some people, to pretend everything is fine; to act like is just normal and perfectly right to misbehave, to ruin somebody else’s life.

Is the people we love, that special someone teaching us how to survive, how to be better, how to grow up, how to forgive, how to recover and start from scratch…when they spread their angel wings to fly up to the sky.

We all morph… we can be monsters…act…react…be victims…sinners or martyrs… with the right timing and the suitable outlet…we can all be good or bad.


  1. amen. you can only pretend for so long, and that is not really living anyway...gaga interests me i wont lie...maybe intrigues me is the right word...she is def unique...

  2. Lady Gaga is definitely everywhere nowadays...even in your blog! Whether those are her bones or not (I truly hope they're not)I'm glad she gave you something to think about and made you come back to your blog and put it on words for us!

  3. I'm so glad you're back (at least for today). We missed you!

    Gaga's music videos are too sexual for me--I worry about the kids who might be watching them--but musically, she's brilliant. And you have to give her credit for all the creativity that goes into her costumes and song lyrics...

    You managed to take something that was quite unusual, and use it as a springboard for your writing. Way to go!

  4. Oh my friend you came back with such fervor. I happen to love Gaga and though older generations do not get the point of her I think you nailed it. The fact we all have these bones and her showing us it is okay to bear them. That is what I love about her, shock with a purpose. :)

    So glad to see you again!!!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  5. This by far one of the best reading I've done in along time. Your heart spills out with genuine emotion in this. Your spirit shines majestic and real, revealing your bones.

    I missed you. I know you are doing well, you are strong and wise.


  6. Olga, me encanta lo que escribes!!!! Esta entrada es muy fuerte, dice mucho y tiene comentarios muy poderosos. En efecto, esos huesos siempre han estado ahí pero los humanos nos la ingeniamos para esconderlos, para sacarlos a veces, para amenazar con ellos, para hacer sufrir a los demás o para defenderlos.

    Te mando un abrazote, te extraño y quiero mucho y espero que pronto podamos vernos :D

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