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Why This Marine Was Chosen to Escort Woman Gaga on the Inauguration – NBC New York

One of the most notable moments since Inauguration Day was Lady Gaga’s powerful rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. But it was her outfit and marine escort that went viral that day too.

For many people who compare the 34-year-old pop star to a character from “The Hunger Games”, it turns out that the oversized Haute Couture dress by Schiaparelli she wore was the reason she needed a navy in the first place. to accompany them.

“There were concerns – obviously she was wearing this very nice, very large dress and there were concerns that she might need help getting down the stairs,” said Marine Capt. Evan Campbell on Task and Purpose. “So they basically looked around and I was one of the bigger, bigger people. They just asked if I was willing to help and I was more than happy about it.”

According to the Marine Times, they “laughed” before going out together.

“She looked at me and she’s like ‘a fair warning … we have an equal chance of tripping over it,'” he told the publication.

The two also prayed together, and Campbell calmed Gaga’s nerves, he said.

“It just seemed like a very natural human thing to look over and say, ‘Hey, you’re going to do great. You always do well, you know you’re a performer, you’re going to do great, ”Campbell said. “It just seemed like she needed to hear a relaxed voice.”

Not a little monster (the name for Gaga fans) before they meet, Campbell says he is now after sharing the intimate 15 minutes backstage with her.

“I was really impressed with how real she was when we were inside,” said Campbell, adding as he escorted to the podium. She thanked every member of the Capitol Police on the way.

“She told us inside that this was maybe the biggest day of her life and that she really wanted to sing for all Americans,” he added.

“As a person who was amazing to hear, but also as a service member, the way she prepared to sing the national anthem obviously impressed me as someone who took an oath to defend his country . “

What he’s most proud of as of this day, he says that going viral alongside the famous pop star must shed some light on the cherished branch of the military he represents.

“The biggest thing for me is when these memes came out – you know, find someone who looks at you the way a United States Marines looks at them – I was very proud of it,” said Campbell. “I think at the end of the day we all want to do something that represents the Marine Corps well. People sent me posts from Vogue Paris, Cosmo. I mean, millions of people have now seen a United States Marine with Lady Gaga, so I’m just glad I made the Marine Corps proud of it. “

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