There is a lot to love about Lizzo. Not only is she super talented — did you catch her Coachella performance? — but she is also working to inspire others to be comfortable in their skin, whether on stage or off. Though the 31-year-old singer claims to dislike the word “unapologetic,” it’s a pretty spot on way to describe both her music and the way she lives her life.
“Sometimes the label ‘unapologetic’ bothers me because it can be loaded, because it means we have to apologize for something in the first place,” Lizzo told the Essence in her recent cover story. “I’m not ignorant to the fact that we had to have a demeanor of lowering ourselves culturally just to exist. But I’m trying to shake up the narrative about how we’re supposed to act.”
And Lizzo is doing just that. The body positive icon opened up to the magazine about her mission to normalize cellulite and other body “imperfections” through her pop anthems, as well as her Instagram photos. She’s been known to post revealing pictures of herself, unfiltered, but don’t get it twisted: “I’m doing this for myself,” Lizzo says.
“I love creating shapes with my body, and I love normalizing the dimples in my butt or the lumps in my thighs or my back fat or my stretch marks,” she added.
However, Lizzo’s journey to self love has been a bumpy one. In an interview for I Weigh Conversations, she recently recalled a story about a guy she was dating who told her: “your face is great, but your body needs work.” From that moment on, she determined that, “no matter how small or big or how I look, no one’s ever going to be completely happy.”
“And I had to go so deep inside myself and look in the mirror,” she added. “Looking in the mirror and accepting what’s in the mirror is very, very difficult. And right now, I love it every time I look in the mirror.”
According to research published in 2017 from the Florida House Experience, a mental health and addiction treatment facility, 88 percent of women polled said they compare themselves to images in the media, with 50 percent saying the comparison is unfavorable. These numbers aren’t totally shocking, considering the prevalence of social media in today’s world. So, when celebrities speak honestly about body image, it’s hugely beneficial to the women they influence. Lizzo joins the ranks of other celebs who have come to own their cellulite, like Ashley Graham, Chrissy Teigen, and Jessie J.