IDEAS & PERSONAL
AS MUCH AS NAIL POLISH BECAME THE THING TO HELP ME SEIZE CONTROL OF MY PROSTHESIS, IT ALSO TAUGHT ME TO LET GO.
It's difficult replacing physical portions of yourself with mail-order parts. Even if you're personalizing everything you can on your prosthesis down to the lining, there will always be bits that feel extremely foreign.
THE HUFFINGTON POST
MY ARM ISN’T "MISSING" AND I DIDN’T "LOSE" IT. IT WAS STRATEGICALLY REMOVED -- AND I'M DOING IT AGAIN ON FRIDAY.
My confidence increased after the amputation. As soon as I woke up from surgery, I FaceTimed a friend and laid down the truth for her: “I look good with one arm.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
GO AHEAD AND STARE AT MY PROSTHETIC ARM. I KNOW IT'S AWESOME.
I immediately changed into my Lady Gaga tee that appropriately read “Born This Way,” and I realized I had a dynamite opportunity before me. I was going to get a prosthesis, and it would be an extension of my most genuine, supersonic self.
THE NEW SUPREMATISM
Like Kazimir Malevich, the Father of Suprematism, Lady Gaga devotes her pop art to the supremacy of pure feeling in her 2020 album Chromatica.
I'M CUTTING OFF MY ARM THIS WEEK — AND IT'S A WISH COME TRUE
"Tuesday, I’ll be seeing 'House of Gucci' with my best friend. Wednesday, I’ll be staring at my ceiling. And Thursday, I’ll be having my left arm cut off around 3 p.m."
DYEING MY HAIR HELPED ME ACCEPT MY PHYSICAL LIMITATION
Chloe Valentine Toscano used to love experimenting with different hairstyles. But after an accident permanently paralyzed her left arm, she had to find new ways to make her look feel special.
LADY GAGA'S CHROMATICA IS THE "POCKET-FRIENDLY" MEOW WOLF OF POP
Lady Gaga's Chromatica mixes the concepts of installation art and pop music to create a portable world-building experience.
WHILE TRAINING FOR THE TOKYO PARALYMPICS, MY BIGGEST TRIUMPH CAME IN THE LOCKER ROOM
Until I swam in my first Paralympic meet, I hated asking for help. But in Para swimming, it's the norm