How a Plus-Size Singer Lizzo Teaches Us a Huge Self-Love Despite All Trolls and Naysayers
Lizzo is a rare phenomenon in modern pop culture, as she manages to cause a stir where people least expect it. For example, this year, she made headlines by playing a 200-year-old crystal flute onstage, lent to her by the Library of Congress. And she was the right person to play this flute, since, apart from being a rapper and singer, she’s a classically trained flutist.
Lizzo bravely crushes all stereotypes, and these include her attitude toward her own body. We’d love for you to find out more about this in our article.
Lizzo is here to redefine the body positivity movement.
The body positivity movement has brought a lot of inspiration to people who want to ditch typical beauty standards. Lizzo is someone who not only represents this trend, but who also wants to make it fairer and broader. The singer is never shy about expressing her opinion on the revolution of confidence, and in one of her speeches, she was pretty bold.
She said, “Now you look at the hashtag ’body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that because inclusivity is what my message is always about. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative.”
Lizzo thinks that simply being called “body positive” for her isn’t enough. She explains that she’d rather be called body normative, as her calling is making her body normal, not just cool and commercialized.
She says, “What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it. Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club.”
Lizzo empowers people to comfortably live in their own bodies.
Lizzo has become a true influencer, not only in pop music, but in the way people accept themselves. She is brave in expressing her thoughts and barely searches for words when revealing her true thoughts about real beauty. Living comfortably in her own body and being happy with how she looks is her main life philosophy that she tries to teach all her fans.
She says, “I love creating shapes with my body, and I love normalizing the lumps in my thighs or my back fat or my stretch marks. I love normalizing my black elbows. I think it’s beautiful.”
The singer’s main concern is that, oftentimes, people get easily misled by the opinions of commenters who try to put everybody under a single standard.
In one of her speeches, she explained, “I just wanted to say I’ve seen a few of these videos about, like, you know, fat girls who eat healthy and stay active but can’t seem to lose weight. I think these kinds of videos are important, whether they intend to lose weight or don’t want to lose weight, just to show that every single body is different and how it functions is different. What really bothers me are the fake doctors in the comments, saying, ’Oh, you have this, or you might have this condition.’ No. What if I’m just fat?”
The singer wants people to understand a simple truth.
Lizzo truly believes that beauty labels and standards are harmful and demotivating. She summons people to not follow standards or create images of “ideal bodies” in their minds. What she thinks is important is to learn to appreciate the uniqueness of people’s own bodies.
She powerfully delivers her thoughts about this in one of her interviews, saying, “Bodies are not all designed to be slim with a 6-pack. If you’re feeling down on yourself today, just remember that your body is your body. Nobody got your body. So enjoy that.”
The singer is truly unapologetic about her self-love. She says, “I’m going to continue to live in this body and survive in this body and be happy and actually enjoy life, I need to find a way to like myself. I was body negative for a long time. I was following people before who I thought were beautiful, and they were society’s beauty standard. Looking at them made me have this desire to edit or to change or think that I wasn’t worthy. I don’t want one person’s beauty to diminish the other.”
Which of Lizzo’s statements do you find especially relatable and empowering? What is your view on the body positivity movement?