Since her rise to fame, Lizzo has spoken about body positivity and related topics. While that core message is something to believe in, Lizzo now said that body positivity can use some revision.
In a new way Vogue Cover story, Lizzo clarifies her position that the term “body positive” is becoming commercial and is no longer achieving its initial goal:
“It’s commercial. Now, you look at the hashtag” body positivity “, and you see smaller girls, girls with curves. White Lotta girls. And I don’t feel any way about it, because inclusivity is always the subject of my message. I’m glad this conversation was included in the narration. Prevalent. What I don’t like is how the people for whom the term was created do not benefit from it. Girls with fat backs, girls with drooping bellies, girls with unbroken, nested thighs. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls in the club up. Age 18. They should benefit from … the predominant effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes in the mainstream, it changes. It gets – you know, it’s accepted. ”
She went on to say that she wanted to go beyond body positivity, saying, “I think it’s lazy to say I’m body positive at this point. It’s easy. I’d like to be body standard. I want to normalize my body. Not just saying,” Oh, look at this wonderful movement. Being fat is a positive for the body. No, being obese is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this not to just stop here. We have to make people uncomfortable again, so we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, isn’t it? “
Lizzo was also asked about her next album, but she was too silent beyond expressing her confidence in the material: “Oh girl, I don’t know. I have to finish the songs. It’ll be fine, though. I’ll tell you. It’ll be cool.”
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Lizzo is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of the Warner Music Group.