Lizzo Shared an Unedited Naked Selfie to "Change the Conversation About Beauty Standards"

"Normally I would fix my belly and smooth my skin but baby I wanted show u how I do it au natural."

As if you needed another reason to love Lizzo, the award-winning artist just went ahead and posted an unedited naked selfie on Instagram to, in her words, "change the conversation about beauty standards."

In the photo, Lizzo can be seen sitting on a plush-looking chair, holding a butt-shaped mug, and, the pièce de résistance, sporting nothing but her birthday suit. While her aptly-placed arms are covering up her nipples (because, ya know, Instagram rules), the rest of Lizzo's body is on full display, including sometimes-edited or hidden features such as her slightly-faded stretch marks and rolls on her belly. And her skin? It's straight-up glowing in all its textured (read: unedited) glory as if she did in fact use an editing tool (which, BTW, is just further proof that you're stunning sans-Photoshop).

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"♉️WELCOME TO TAURUS SEASON♉️," she writes in the caption. "To celebrate I wanna give y'all this unedited selfie.. now normally I would fix my belly and smooth my skin but baby I wanted show u how I do it au natural." (

While Lizzo is no stranger to posting photos and videos of her bangin' body in the name of body positivity, she's sharing this naked selfie for a specific reason. "I am excited to be partnering with @dove and the #DoveSelfEsteemProject which is helping to reverse the negative effects of social media and changing the conversation about beauty standards. Let's get real y'all 🙆🏾‍," she explains. (

For years now, social media has been called out for its negative effects on mental health and wellbeing, and the recent influx of skin-smoothing, face-altering filters on platforms such as Instagram aren't helping the cause. In fact, they're doing the opposite. Think of it this way: the more edited photos you see while scrolling, the more likely you are to compare your un-filtered self to these perfected, filtered images and, ultimately, feel inclined to edit out your own unique features — i.e. skin texture, tone, scars, the list goes on — to meet these modern beauty standards. And this, as you can imagine, can do some serious damage to your mental health and body image.

But that's where Lizzo comes in. By sharing her true, unedited self, she's encouraging others to break this cycle and own their body as it is rather than in comparison to unrealistic beauty standards. And to that, I defer to JVN's comment on Lizzo's post, which reads "YES 😍😍😍😍."

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