Grammy Award singer Lizzo wants everyone to know that she's happy with where she's at in her life, no matter what people say about her body. In a recent interview with People, she opened up about what it's like to experience her level of success.
Lizzo insists that "there was no Lizzo before Lizzo," and that she had to blaze a trail in order to get to where she is today. She dons the "Women Changing the World Issue" of People and she's not holding back about how happy she is with who she's become.
Lizzo Calls Herself a "Body Icon"
Lizzo tells People that she got to where she is despite her cynicism that she wouldn't be accepted for who she is. She knows she's fat — but she doesn't care what people about her weight. "I think I have a really hot body!" she said. "I'm a body icon, and I'm embracing that more and more every day."
33-year-old Lizzo has risen to fame with her award-winning music, Billboard-topping charts, and energetic live performances in which she plays a flute. But it's about more than her music career; for Lizzo, it's about changing the landscape of beauty.
"I deserve the spotlight," Lizzo continued. "I deserve the attention. I'm talented, I'm young, I'm hot. You know? And I've worked hard."
Not only is she stepping into her confidence and power, but she's creating her own beauty standard — "and one day that will just be the standard."
Lizzo also shares that her parents informed her about "the gruesome murders that happen to black people all the time." They wanted to tell her that America mistreats black people on a large scale, and she said she eventually realized that America mistreats "fat people" too.
"I like being fat, and I'm beautiful and I'm healthy."
As talented as Lizzo is, there's no way you can read this interview without rolling your eyes so hard that they almost get stuck in the back of your head. No, a woman's worth and beauty is not exclusively determined by her weight. But Lizzo is kidding herself if she thinks she can continue her lifestyle and maintain her size if she wants to live a long, healthy life. The sad thing is, she is promoting this kind of mentality to women everywhere.
"I like being fat, and I'm beautiful and I'm healthy. So can we move on?" she said.
People don't have a problem with Lizzo's weight. They have a problem with her promiscuous, raunchy, oversexualized posts on social media in which she's either fully naked or scantily clad while twerking into the camera. They also take issue with her flaunting her naked butt around at a basketball game where families and children are present.
Lizzo also points out something we've been seeing for a while: our society doesn't just want to challenge beauty standards, but it wants to completely flip the standards around and insist that being obese is somehow beautiful. At the end of the day, this message is harmful to young women in America, considering the fact that obesity-related illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke, are the leading causes of death in our country.