Singer Lady Gaga has admitted to suffering from bulimia and anorexia for more than a decade, while posing in her underwear to launch a campaign against body insecurity on her own social media site.
In response to concerted criticism about her weight, the American star has created a page on her LittleMonsters.com site entitled A Body Revolution 2013, which encourages her fans to embrace their own body issues.
Gaga also posted four underwear shots to "inspire bravery" and "breed some M$therf*cking compassion."
Alongside one pic, Gaga posted the caption "Bulimia and Anorexia since I was 15". She also wrote:
"My weight/loss/gain since i was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have.
"My boyfriend prefers me curvier, when i eat and am healthy and not so worried about my looks, I'm happy. Happier then I've ever been. i am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny.
"This is who I am. And I am proud at any size. And i love you, and want you to be proud in any form you may take as well. Please don't look for kindness in critics, go where you know the gold is. Here, in our hearts."
Within minutes of Gaga announcing her page, followers - known to the singer as 'little monsters', flooded the site with personal pictures, sharing their insecurities and bullying stories.
Gaga responded by writing: "I have been startled and overwhelmed with pride and emotion the past few days. Gratitude mostly. Seeing you post photos of things on your bodies and in your minds that you feel society tells you you should be ashamed of. You are showing them you have no shame.
"You are brave, strong, and accepting not only of yourself, but of others through your experiences. You are proud to be born this way, and brave in your vulnerability with this community. Watching you all create a safe space online for people to be compassionate is the greatest gift you could ever give me."