When it comes to singer Lizzo, critics tend to refer more to her body than her music and explosive personality. But the artist is letting her negative comments go in one ear and out the other. In a new interview for the magazine Peoplethe rapper explained why she considers herself a “modern body icon” and why she is happy with her physique.
Born Melissa Viviane Jefferson, she was raised in Houston, Texas by her mother, Sharie, who ran a small business, and her father, Michael, a businessman who died of a stroke when she was 20 years old. Lizzo, who describes herself as a nerd, learned to play the flute in fifth grade. In high school, she was in the marching band and trained with the Houston Ballet Orchestra.
Learned to survive from a very young age
At that moment, Lizzo was certain of two things: one, what she wanted to do and, two, the kind of world she was about to enter. The winner of grammys revealed that her parents taught her from an early age to navigate the United States as a woman of color and she learned first-hand and “very quickly” how overweight people are treated in her country.
With all of this information, Lizzo’s attitude took a turn for the worse, becoming a bit “cynical,” but she figured out a way to channel that energy into self-awareness and confidence.
I thought, ‘Ok, what can I do with this? How can I get the most out of this? He wasn’t supposed to survive. It wasn’t supposed to go this far. I wasn’t supposed to be a millionaire. She wasn’t supposed to be a sex symbol. I wasn’t supposed to be on the cover of ‘People‘, but I am. So how can I make this worth it?’
As his music took off, his physique came under fire
We all know I’m fat. I know I’m fat. It doesn’t bother me. I like being fat, I’m beautiful and I’m healthy. So can we move on?
the singer of rumors stated that women like her are often labeled, such as the “funny fat friend” or the “plus size girl who is insecure because she is big”, and is determined to break down stereotypes, gaining confidence in herself and her power to create your own standard of beauty.
She may not be someone’s ideal body type like, for example, Kim Kardashian may not be someone’s ideal, but she is a body icon and has created a modern beauty standard.
That’s the way to talk, Lizzo!