Whenever discussion is focused on Lizzo, shamers and critics have a habit of persistently and unnecessarily commenting on her body, rather than her music or memorable personality.
In a new interview with People, the former marie claire Australia cover star wants the world to know that not only is she ‘healthy and beautiful’, but it’s time the world moved on from taking issue with her figure.
“I think I have a really hot body! I’m a body icon, and I’m embracing that more and more every day,” she told the publication.
“I had to blaze a trail,” she said, adding, “There was no Lizzo before Lizzo.”
“I deserve the spotlight. I deserve the attention. I’m talented, I’m young, I’m hot. You know? And I’ve worked hard.”
And her own body isn’t the only figure she admires. In fact, Lizzo praised Kim Kardashian who she credits for helping change our definition of ‘healthy’ bodies.
“Kim Kardashian might not be someone’s ideal, but she’s a body icon and has created a modern-day beauty standard.”
“And what I’m doing is stepping into my confidence and my power to create my own beauty standard. And one day that will just be the standard.”
“Okay, we all know I’m fat,” she said. “I know I’m fat. It doesn’t bother me. I like being fat, and I’m beautiful and I’m healthy. So can we move on?”
The Grammy Award winner went onto explain how plus-size women are forced into stereotypes and tropes that are unfair, unkind and downright unnecessary.
“The funny, fat friend. I played that trope in high school,” she admitted. “Or the friend who is gonna beat your ass ’cause she’s big. Or it’s the big girl who’s insecure ’cause she’s big.”
“I don’t think I’m the only kind of fat girl there is. I want us to be freed from that box we’ve been put in.”
Thankfully, the “Truth Hurts” singer isn’t taking the heat any longer. In fact, she’s showing the world that plus size women can rise just as high as her, thanks to her new reality TV show, Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.
“If I have to start a f–king television show to get enough attention to find these girls and get them prepared to join me onstage, then so be it,” she told Variety.
“This has been a passion of mine for a long time: discovering and mentoring big-girl dancers, especially Black girls.”
In the show, the musician is on the hunt for dancers to join her on her next tour, but rather than simply searching for a group of impressive dancers, she’s looking for something else in particular—a group of plus-size dancers who’ll reframe how society sees the ‘perfect’ dancer.
“We should be unconditionally loving of one another, starting with being unconditionally loving to ourselves,” she wrote in an Instagram caption under a video of her embracing her body.
“Take a moment today and think about the conditions we hold so tightly to that keep us from the freedom of true love. Do you really wanna be so tightly wound? Free yourself in love. You deserve it.”
Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls is set to premiere on Amazon Prime on March 25, 2022.