(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Allure’s YouTube Account)
Lady Gaga surprised one of her fans named Brandon Galaz by showing up during the latter’s makeup tutorial with Allure, a beauty magazine.
Galaz, a 19-year-old cosmetology student, was invited by Allure for a makeup tutorial with Lady Gaga’s makeup artist—Sarah Tanno—and at the same time, to give him a sneak peak of Haus Laboratories. Haus Laboratories is Lady Gaga’s new beauty brand.
In the video, Galaz can be seen telling Tanno during their tutorial session that he feels stronger and very empowered whenever he has a full makeup on. Tanno responded by saying how she had heard that Galaz has been a big fan of Lady Gaga “for like forever,” she then encourages him to read the letter he prepared for the singer. He starts to read it but little did Galaz know that Lady Gaga was already behind him, listening. The Paparazzi singer then appears, making her presence known to Galaz.
After a tearful hug, Galaz reads his letter out loud to Lady Gaga herself and tells her how her song Born This Way had helped him realize that he has to be himself so he came out to his family. He related how his mother and sister immediately accepted him. However, his coming out had drove a wedge between him and his father. He also tells Lady Gaga how he’s unsure if he would’ve had the courage to accept who he is and be where he is today without the acceptance and peace that he found in her music and life story.
For her part, Lady Gaga thanked Galaz for his beautiful note. She told him that he is gorgeous and reminded him, It’s not how we look that makes us beautiful, right? It’s what we’ve been through and how we survive.” Further, she said, “Coming out to your family…not everybody can do that. Way to go.”
Tanno then continued her makeup lessons with Galaz but Lady Gaga came back to say, “That letter that you wrote, this is why I do what I do.” She thanked him again for sharing his story, adding, “Thank you for sharing that, that’s so vulnerable and so honest and so real. That’s not easy what you did…you just changed a lot of people’s lives, and when they see this, they’ll be less afraid.”
Watch the heartwarming moment in the video below.