I met Lady Gaga in September of 2008 because my amazing aunt won tickets and meet and greet passes through a radio contest. I went with my little cousin who was 13 at the time. We were supposed to meet her before the concert in Richmond, Va but due to time constraints we were asked to wait until after the show. The whole time I was watching this amazing performance, I wondered what I would say to her. This was a woman who helped me truly embrace my uniqueness while growing up in a small country town where individuality is considered weird. Unfortunately, after the show I became ill with a recurring ailment I deal with. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I was having to decide whether I would leave now and go to the hospital or wait in the line to meet Lady Gaga, which I would now be in the back of. I knew I had to push through it and by the time I stood in front of her at the table I just broke down into tears. She immediately got up and hugged me and told me I was beautiful. I told her she had no idea how grateful I was to her for teaching me to be a strong, independent woman in an environment that condemns such behavior. She signed my copy of V Magazine and took a picture with me. I handed her a portrait my friend painted of her and she asked my friends name in case she wanted to use the art in future projects. My cousin didn’t quite know what to say so she asked Lady Gaga what her favorite color was and she replied, “Black, because it’s how I feel on the inside,” as she flashed a big smile. She signed all the posters my cousin brought even though security said only one item could be signed. She also told the security to back off when they were rushing fans through the meet and greet line. I can’t believe I got the opportunity to talk and share a moment with a personal idol of mine. It is a moment I will keep with me forever.
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