Lizzo doesn’t mince her words. And that’s one of the myriad things we love about her.
Starring on the second cover of British Vogue’s December issue, the chart-topping artist spoke to journalist Zing Tsjeng about body representation in the media and her hesitation with one aspect of body positivity.
“Anybody that uses body positivity to sell something is using it for their personal gain. That’s just it,” Lizzo said. “We weren’t selling anything in the beginning. We were just selling ourselves and selling ourselves on the idea — selling ourselves on ourselves, you know?”
“I’m not trying to sell you me. I’m trying to sell you, you,” she added.
Lizzo also spoke about the toll the lack of body representation in the media had on her growing up.
“I would watch things on television and I would look at magazines and I would not see myself,” she said. “When you don’t see yourself, you start to think something’s wrong with you. Then you want to look like those things and when you realise it’s a physical impossibility, you start to think, ‘What the f**k is wrong with me?’
“I think that took a greater toll on me, psychologically, growing up than what anyone could have said to me,” she added.
We love you, Lizzo.
See the full feature in the December issue of British Vogue available via digital download and newsstands on Friday Nov. 8.