Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney dove into the freezing water of Lake Michigan on Sunday for the 2015 Polar Plunge in Chicago. The temperature outside? A chilly 30 degrees. See photos below!
The annual charity event, held in cities throughout the country, features people jumping into water in cold temperatures, hence the name Polar Plunge. Money raised by participants often goes to the Special Olympics, which is what made Gaga’s adventure all the more gratifying. She posted on Instagram afterward, “Feels so good to do things for a good cause like the Special Olympics. It’s great donate money, but also great to donate a gesture of love for those who deserve to be showered with it.”
Gaga wore a blonde wig for her dive, which didn’t prove to be the best choice. “My weave froze!!” she admitted on Instagram. “Taylor gave me his hat. I thought my wig was gonna freeze into and become one with the lake.” Indeed, a close look at Gaga’s hair reveals some bits of ice stuck to the strands. Kinney bravely went shirtless, and playfully wrestled in the water with some of his “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” co-stars.
And they weren’t the only celebrities in attendance. Among the more than 4,500 people taking part, Vince Vaughn, a Chicago native, was this year’s guest of honor, and took the plunge while wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey. As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Jimmy Fallon did the Chicago Polar Plunge almost exactly a year ago in exchange for Mayor Rahm Emanuel appearing on the “Tonight Show.”