Lizzo has opened up about the body positivity movement and its commercialisation alongside her fight for a body-normative society.
The ‘Truth Hurts’ singer and the multi-awarded artist has always spread an encouraging message for inclusivity for all through her music. She’s received praise and admiration from many including Harry Styles (as she should, who doesn’t wish for this collab?).
In her cover interview with Vogue, she discussed the recent commercialisation of the movement and Lizzo expressed her concerns.“It’s commercialised. 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 said.
“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. They need to be benefiting from…the mainstream effect of body positivity now.”
Lizzo also reflected on her own influences in music, including Beyoncé, Queen Latifah, and Missy Elliot, all of which gave her the confidence to pursue her career in music. “Women who looked like me and who were successful in the ways I wanted to be successful. I was like, ‘Okay. I can be confident and look this way.’ You know?”. Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot began their careers as rappers, expanding the expectations of female performers at the time, just the same as Lizzo.
She went on to explain her position has shifted away from body-positivity to body-normalising. “I want to normalise my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here.”
Check out Lizzo’s amazing performance of ‘Cuz I Love You’, ‘Truth Hurts’, and ‘Good as Hell’ at the Brits.