I seriously love Lady Gaga.  I’ve been a huge fan of hers from the very beginning.  Her take-it-or-leave-it attitude is so inspiring!  She is the epitome of girl power and empowerment. Plus, I love to belt out her songs in the car.

So did you see her Super Bowl performance? I was dancing and singing the whole time. She was incredible. But, like all women who are in the limelight, she was scrutinized. Not for her performance, her sound or her choreography. No, she was put down for her body–her muscular, beautiful, real body.  She was body-shamed all over the Internet. (What is wrong with people?!)

But in perfect Gaga form, she had a message that rises above it all:

“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours, too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions.”

And she is right!  Body love and pride in yourself is the stuff of champions.  It’s those who see themselves in that golden light who rise above the rest.  They stand out–not for having the “perfect” body, but instead because their glow, energy vibration and feeling of self-love and confidence shines through whatever they are wearing.

That is the secret sauce to style.   Loving yourself and your body just as it is.

Now, if it was only that easy to feel that way about yourself. Trust me,  I know; I deal with it, too. If only my denim didn’t always pinch my belly fat, or if only I couldn’t see the indentation of my belly button through a dress because my stomach is protruding. Ugh!  I’ve been there.  But if we let those body fears take over,  they take over our experience getting dressed as well.  And that can be detrimental to your life story.

So take a cue from Gaga.  Love your body and be proud of it, no matter what size, shape or color.  You being YOU is the most powerful tool you have. Now, go get dressed and make conquer your day!