Lizzo Wants People To Stop Saying That Loving Her Thickness Is 'Brave'
Where is the lie, though?
August 29, 2019 at 11:54 pm
Lizzo recently put the world on notice about society’s beauty double standards and fatphobia, and we honestly couldn’t agree more.
In Glamour’s feature, the “Truth Hurts” songstress explained why she’s not so quick to accept the accolade of being “brave” for embracing her full figure.
"When people look at my body and be like, 'Oh my God, she's so brave,' it's like, 'No, I'm not,'" the singer said. "I'm just fine. I'm just me. I'm just sexy."
“If you saw Anne Hathaway in a bikini on a billboard, you wouldn't call her brave,” the Detroit native told Glamour. “I just think there's a double standard when it comes to women.”
Breaking all the politics of respectability, Lizzo blew our minds Monday night during her MTV VMA performance. She performed her two singles, “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell,” as she flaunted in a shimmery yellow bodysuit with a big inflatable booty bouncing in the background.
She admits that she hasn’t always been effortlessly confident. During an interview with The Breakfast Club, Lizzo shared that it was a “long process” to move past her insecurities and to love herself.
While acknowledging that her aesthetic isn’t for everybody, the 31-year-old singer admits it’s not easy when critics challenge her self-acceptance.
“I don't like it when people think it's hard for me to see myself as beautiful. I don't like it when people are shocked that I'm doing it,” she said.
Lizzo has been making music for the past nine years, including two hip-hop albums in 2013 and 2015. She said she still struggles to make a name for herself outside of the Pop/R&B realm.
In early August, she ruffled some Twitter users' feathers after tweeting that she is often left out of conversations around rap and lyricism.
“Sometimes I get pissed that there are people who call Future & Swae Lee rappers and still question whether or not I belong in the rap conversation…,” Lizzo wrote in a tweet on August 8 that has since been deleted due to fierce backlash. “But then I remember I have the #4 song in the country, laugh, go back to my dream job and log off.”
Despite its tendency to ferociously drag people for opinions, Lizzo said that social media has opened doors for plus size women to be more visible and autonomous over their narratives in a way that has never been done before.
“Let’s just make space for these women. Make space for me. Make space for this generation of artists who are really fearless in self-love. They're out here. They want to be free,” Lizzo said.
The singer's ascent is just getting started. "Truth Hurts" reached the No.1 spot on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Charts.