ELLE‘s Women in Hollywood gala just took place this week, honouring strong and powerful women in the entertainment industry. In a time of #MeToo and Time’s Up, the gala was more important and impactful than ever and featured a series of emotional speeches from actresses like Anita Hill, Jennifer Lopez and Amandla Stenberg.
One speech in particular gained a lot of attention, and it came from Lady Gaga. Honored as one of ELLE‘s Women in Hollywood, the singer-turned-actress took the stage and opened up about everything from the trauma of surviving sexual assault, and still “not being brave enough to say his name out loud,” to mental illness and pain she’s experienced. The riveting speech also touched on how women in Hollywood are perceived, with Gaga saying that she tried on a handful of dresses before the event and it made her feel sick. Instead, she decided on an over-sized suit from Marc Jacobs, and said, “I wanted to take the power back. Today, I wear the pants.”
Watch the emotional speech in the video above, and as Lady Gaga said, “if there’s one thing to take away from me being here tonight, it’s breed compassion.”