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Jillian Michaels Controversy Spurs Lizzo To Speak On Her Body Shaming Experience

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By Chris Barilla

Since breaking onto the scene last year, Lizzo has been a major topic of conversation in the music industry. Both for her infectious melodies and catchy lyrics as well as her constant message of body positivity, not accepting any limitations, and being the best person you could possibly be.

In her new cover article for Rolling Stone, the singer opens up about becoming the center of the conversation surrounding body positivity, and how comments made about her by famed trainer Jillian Michaels haven't phased her, only strengthened her goal to succeed.

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Although she is vocal about the topic, Lizzo does want people to understand that she is so much more than her weight and the struggle she represents for so many other individuals. She appears somewhat reluctant to talk very lengthly​ about her body and the issues shes faced now, telling Rolling Stone “I’m so much more than that. Because I actually present that, I have a whole career,” she says. “It’s not a trend.” Lizzo wants to be celebrated for her music and successes surrounded that, not just for her image.

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And admittedly​, the thirty-one-year-old singer/songwriter is so much more than her image. Nabbing 8 Grammy nominations in her first year attending the awards, she is a force to be reckoned with in the scope of modern popular music, and she achieved such notoriety on a massive scale in a fairly short bit of time. Despite her face value confidence and bolstering of other women, the road to self accceptance was a long one for Lizzo, only recently coming fully to terms with who she truly is.

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"I’ve come to terms with body dysmorphia and evolved," she said. "The body-positive movement is doing the same thing. We’re growing together, and it’s growing pains, but I’m just glad that I’m attached to something so organic and alive."

This positive mentality is often why Lizzo is so largely associated with those struggling with body image issues. Her presence on a world scale as a successful black woman with her body type promotes positivity and willingness from others to go after their goals despite whatever physical limitations they believe they may have.

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Earlier in the month, famous health guru Jillian Michaels spurred controversy by making comments about Lizzo's weight and her promotion of that as a healthy body type.

"Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music?" the trainer said while giving her commentary for Buzzfeed’s AM2DM. "'Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I love her music. My kid loves her music. But there’s never a moment where I’m like, 'And I'm so glad that she’s overweight.'"

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