Lizzo talks body positivity on Instagram: Check out her emotional story
Who doesn’t love Lizzo? The “Truth Hurts” musician is a three time Grammy award winner, a well-loved singer and rapper, an impressive flute player, a talented dancer and stage performer, and above all, beautiful as heck. As if the star couldn’t get any more amazing, Lizzo has also proven on Instagram lately that she’s even more of a boss by speaking out against body negativity and toxic, modern-day beauty standards.
Promoting “body normativity”
Lizzo has opened up to fans and the rest of the world about her sharing nude photos of herself on Instagram, and her words have been quite refreshing. The musician explained that she strongly believes the body positivity movement going on should actually progress towards body normativity.
This all began on Tuesday when Lizzo first shared an unedited naked photo of herself on her Instagram and began the caption with: “♉️WELCOME TO TAURUS SEASON♉️”, because if y’all didn’t know, Lizzo is indeed a Taurus queen. The photo featured her sitting down nude, holding up a white mug as she stares straight directly into the camera.
The caption to the Instagram photo continued with Lizzo explaining the reasoning behind the photo, writing: “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”. In a time when many celebrities and social media influencers promote photoshopping and filters, Lizzo’s comment is incredibly refreshing for many folks.
The musician finished the statement with an announcement that she was partnering with Dove to speak out against body negativity and unrealistic and toxic beauty standards in today’s society. Lizzo wrote: “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”.
In a conversation with People to promote her recent collaboration with Dove, Lizzo got a little more in depth about her journey towards being confident in her own skin, and she admitted that loving herself was a matter of “literal survival”. She also admitted that she had been body negative for “a long time”.
The musician then had to realize that “[If] I’m going to continue to live in this body and survive in this body and be happy and actually enjoy life, I need to find a way to like myself”. Lizzo expressed: “Most people are taught that body negativity is normal, right? Then I became body positive, which is the opposite of that. It’s disruptive”.
The thirty-two-year-old singer and rapper then affirmed: “I believe everything I say about my body. But to push this conversation forward, we need to normalize it”. She also wanted to clarify that posting photos of herself wasn’t a “political statement”, and that it was simply just her body, which is why she felt that pushing towards “body normativity” was so essential in this body positivity movement.
“When you see it, keep it pushing. Keep that same energy that you keep with all the other bodies you see. That’s what body normative really means to me: I’m here, don’t say anything. It’s not a statement. It’s my body”, Lizzo said. She then went on to say that she wants to normalize bodies like her own.
The star said: “I want to normalize my body. Not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive. No. Being fat is normal”. Lizzo added: “I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop [at body positivity]”.
“We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?” We absolutely agree, Lizzo.