“Truth Hurts” singer, Lizzo, recently opened up on what she had to go through as a black plus-sized woman in the entertainment industry because she had no choice but to own her physical features.
In different parts of the world, some industries, find it difficult to accommodate plus-sized women and men, and Lizzo has had to battle through a lot to make sure that her voice is heard loud and clear. The 33-year-old uses her platform to spread the need for body positivity especially in women around the world.
She also uses her platform to preach that being a plus-sized woman, does not dictate intelligence or worth, rather, it is just a physical feature that people should be proud of whenever they look in the mirror. Lizzo revealed that she had to see herself in a different light, in order to get through a day, and this decision has helped her get through some of the worst situations that she could ever find herself in.
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No Crime, Just Plus-Sized
In the past, many industries in America did not look to plus-sized women for a number of things, compared to now. They always believed that whenever certain events had to be carried out, plus-sized women should not be called on.
Therefore, people like Lizzo, who had to work against this prejudice and fight to earn their respect in the industry through different professions, it was not an easy task. During an interview with Apple Music on Friday, August 13, 2021, Lizzo noted that even when she made it to the Grammy stage, people could barely see her worth.
“There’s a plus-sized black girl at the Grammys, but plus-sized black women are still not getting the treatment they deserve in hospitals and from doctors and at work, you know what I mean?” she stressed.
Being In The Public Eye
Lizzo discussed her new song titled rumors that features American rapper, Cardi B recently, while opening up about how she truly felt as a celebrity in the spotlight.
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She went on to explain that she had to learn to get into the headspace where she believed that the worst thing that could happen to her, was being fat-shamed by trolls, and she went along with it. Whenever she had to take a step into the spotlight, she prepared for the worst, so it wasn’t as painful whenever she was criticized for how she looked, or what she chose to wear.
“I feel like fat is the worst thing people can say about me at this point. This is the biggest insecurity . it’s like, ‘How dare a pop star be fat?’ I had to own that,” the singer noted.
Lizzo also stressed the fact that many famous people in the industry who found themselves in important positions, were probably battling other insecurities aside from being plus-sized, but they could all hide behind it and approach difficult situations with a different mindsets.
Lizzo has never been afraid or ashamed to express herself, and the fact that she still faces hate from the media about her physical features is more than sad. The singer has worked hard to earn her place in the music industry, and it all began from the time she started writing songs about self-love.
She mentioned that a few of her initial tracks talked about ‘being in love with herself.’ Although, it was not a common phrase to include in a song lyric, but Lizzo knew what she had faced many times, and she wanted to put it out there that it did not matter what anyone said to and about her, she was going to keep loving herself.
Additionally, Lizzo fessed that when she started her body positivity journey, she had no idea that it would lead to a worldwide movement that plus-sized women should and always be appreciated the same way slim women are, regardless of profession.
A Role Model
On her TikTok page, Lizzo has never been shy about expressing herself through dances and challenges, and through this, she has helped many woman and men to feel comfortable in their skin, and not be afraid to show off their natural bodies.
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The singer uses her social media platform to educate people in general on the importance of self-love, and how it can help them in any difficult situation that they are faced with. While she has unconsciously carried out this incredible work, Lizzo noted to Apple Music that she know that many plus-sized people out there still suffer from marginalization.
However, she wants them to take refuge in the fact that despite the fat-shaming that she has experienced from the public, a black plus-sized woman MADE IT TO THE GRAMMY STAGE!