Because the talented rapper consistently exudes confidence and self-love, she’s often seen as a beacon of the body positivity movement. But what does Lizzo think of this responsibility and the body positivity movement as a whole? In an interview with Vogue, the “Cuz I Love You” artist shared that the body positivity movement had been somewhat appropriate. Brands have certainly capitalized on the movement and it was co-opted by those who were not involved in its creation.
Lizzo on the change in body positivity movement
“It’s marketed,” Lizzo explained of how the weight of the body positivity movement has changed. “Now you look at the hashtag ‘body positive’, and you see smaller girls, curvy girls. Lotta white girls. And I don’t feel any way about it, because inclusiveness is always my message, ”said the talented musician. While the “Truth Hurts” rapper is thrilled that the movement has become mainstream, she fears it has moved to leave out those it was originally created to raise.
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“I’m glad this conversation is included in the mainstream narrative,” Lizzo admits. “What I don’t like is how the people for whom this term was created doesn’t benefit from it. Girls with fat backs, girls with hanging bellies, girls with thighs that are not parted, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, the girls who are in the 18+ club. They should now benefit from… the general effect of body positivity. But with everything that goes mainstream, that is changing. It becomes … you know, it becomes acceptable.
‘Truth Hurts’ artist wants to normalize fat
Lizzo continued to share that it’s not enough to say that she supports the body positivity movement. As has become the norm for most people, the singer wants to continue pushing the boundaries and standing up for things that may cause discomfort for some people. She wants to normalize being a heavier weight rather than just being positive for her body.
“I think it’s lazy for me to say I’m physically positive at this point,” Lizzo revealed. ” It’s easy. I would like to be normative of the body. I want to normalize my body. And not just like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool move. Being fat is good for the body. No, being fat is normal. I now think I owe the people who started this for not stopping here. We need to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right? “
Lizzo brings new perspectives and nuances to an important conversation
We certainly appreciate the insight and nuance that Lizzo brings to the conversation. As body positivity continues to be a marketing tool for brands, it’s important to make sure that no one feels less than their body, especially those who have done the work to start the movement.