Lizzo Wants You to Know She's Not "Brave" for Loving Herself
The Truth Hurts singer is calling out a double standard about confident women.
In a world where body-shaming is still such a big problem, Lizzo has become a shining beacon of self-love. Even her debut album Cuz I Love You is all about owning who you are and treating yourself with respect and adoration.
But while her contagious music and unforgettable live performances have won hearts all around the world, Lizzo doesn't want anyone misinterpreting her confidence as "bravery" simply because she's a plus-size woman.
"When people look at my body and be like, 'Oh my God, she's so brave,' it's like, 'No, I'm not,'" the 31-year-old performer told Glamour. "I'm just fine. I'm just me. I'm just sexy. If you saw Anne Hathaway in a bikini on a billboard, you wouldn't call her brave. I just think there's a double standard when it comes to women." (Related: Lizzo Opened Up About Loving Her Body and Her "Blackness")
That isn't to say Lizzo doesn't promote body positivity. One look at her Instagram and you'll see that she loves encouraging women to embrace themselves as they are. But at the same time, she wants people to stop feeling surprised when they see a plus-size woman with unapologetic confidence. "I don't like it when people think it's hard for me to see myself as beautiful," she continued telling Glamour. "I don't like it when people are shocked that I'm doing it."
On the other hand, Lizzo acknowledged that there has been a lot of progress in the way society views women's bodies. And social media has played a huge role in making that happen, she explained. "Back in the day, all you really had were the modeling agencies," she said. "I think that's why it made everything so limited for what was considered beautiful. It was controlled from this one space. But now we have the internet. So if you want to see somebody who's beautiful who looks like you, go on the internet and just type something in. Type in blue hair. Type in thick thighs. Type in back fat. You'll find yourself reflected. That's what I did to help find the beauty in myself." (Remember that time Lizzo called out a troll who accused her of "using her body to get attention"?)
At the end of the day, the more people feel reflected and represented, and the less they fear judgment, the easier it is for everyone to be their true authentic selves. That's the shift that's still needed in the body-positivity movement, Lizzo said. (See: Where the Body-Positivity Movement Stands and Where It Needs to Go)
"Let's just make space for these women," she said. "Make space for me. Make space for this generation of artists who are really fearless in self-love. They're out here. They want to be free. I think allowing that space to be made is really what's going to shift the narrative in the future. Let's stop talking about it and make more space for people who are about it."