Ever since Lizzo stepped on to the scene and both sassed and mesmerized her way into the world’s hearts and screens with her talent, her weight has always been a point of conversation. Whether it’s praise for her being confident in her size and representing for the “big girls” with no shame, and for her messages on body positivity, or it’s negative comments of her “obesity”, Lizzo is continuing to show that she’s here to stay, and has zero plans to slow it down… weight and all.
For many years, folks that are fat are not usually depicted as sexy on screen. Fat women used to be seen mainly cast as the “best friend”, or would have a focus for weight loss. Many are also used to frequent acts of bullying and/or “fat-shaming”. In the music industry, while there have been instances of major celebrities that also have been considered fat, the ratio to their slimmer counterparts is far from equal.
Lizzo, real name Melissa Jefferson, wants to change that indefinitely. The “Tempo” singer is the latest CoverGirl for October’s issue of Vogue, a feat that she is extremely excited about and also one to be celebrated indeed. Sharing her excitement to her Instagram followers, she posts the stunning, history-making cover, sharing that she is “the first big black woman” to cover the magazine.
“The first black anything feels overdue,” she continues of the Hype Williams shot photo, “but our time has come. To all my black girls, if someone like you hasn’t done it yet— BE THE FIRST.”
In the interview, the multi-award-winning artist shares how grateful she is for how far she has come. “When I go hiking or whatever, it’s Black girls being like, ‘I like your music.’ ‘Hey, that’s Lizzo,’” she says. Society has made it hard for fat people, women especially, in the arts, and yet Lizzo continues to defy odds. “I never thought that I would have…I guess you could call it ‘crossover appeal.’”
For those that have seen a live performance of Lizzo’s they know not only does she sing, but lays on full choreography. The “Good As Hell” artist shared that she’s been working out consistently for the last 5 years and has now adopted a plant-based lifestyle, and debuted a dramatic weight loss to prove. Although the singer is adopting a healthier lifestyle, she wants everyone to know she is “not working out to have your ideal body type. I’m working out to have my ideal body type.”
During her Vogue interview, she spoke on how she felt the body positive movement that she is known to be in full support of, has shifted in her opinion, saying it’s now been “commercialized”. “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,” she shared, also worrying it’s now being used to leave out those who it was originally meant to encourage.
“What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it,” she continued. “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.”
Now, Lizzo wants to take the efforts a step further to normalize fatness, rather than simply just being body positive. She shared with the publication, “I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body positive at this point. It’s easy. I would like to be body normative. I want to normalize 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. We have to make people uncomfortable again so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?”