Lizzo says she ‘didn’t ask for’ a body-positive label

Lizzo gets candid about being labeled as body positive.  (Photo: Getty Images)

Lizzo gets candid about being labeled as body positive. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lizzo talks about her role in the body positivity movement, sharing that she never claimed to be an advocate for plus-size women.

“It was forced on me because of the way I look like everyone else, you have people who prejudge you based on how you look. And I put myself there, I put myself on a pedestal, I got amplified. And I think that was immediately seen as political,” she said on the SiriusXM show. The heat. “So I had all these terms thrown at me and, you know, superimposed on me, body positive activist, self-love, guru, all those things. And I didn’t ask for them.”

The singer and songwriter opened up about her thoughts on body positivity in the past, saying it was “marketed” by people the movement wasn’t created for. She also preached the idea of ​​being “body normative” in an effort to “normalize” her body and get it out of the center of attention.

“I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” she said Essence magazine referencing conversations about her body.

In her last interview, however, she clarified that the terms by which she was described is not something she is ashamed of. In fact, she learned to face them.

“I definitely embraced them because they’re good things. It’s like, why wouldn’t I want to be body positive? I don’t want to be body negative. Why wouldn’t I want to be a love guru -clean? I don’t want to be a self-hating guru,” she said. “So thankfully these are just signs that I’m on the right track and doing the right thing and being a good person. And I resonate with that and fully accept that.”

Another sign that Lizzo is on the right track is the launch of her new shapewear line Yitty, which she hopes will revolutionize the category. The idea is one the 33-year-old conceptualized years ago but struggled to execute, partly because she couldn’t find the right partner.

“That shapewear line took five years. And so that was before Kim’s line,” she told SiriusXM. The morning mash-up Kim Kardashian SKIMS. “I was excited when it dropped because I was like, ‘This is confirmation that I was right, guys.’ I was booking so many appointments with companies and they didn’t believe in my vision of shapewear, they were like, ‘Well, nobody really does shapewear. So do you want to do lingerie or…” and I’m like, “No guys, listen. Shapewear is the future and we need to revolutionize it. And Fabletics believed in me.”

The line, which was named after a nickname given to the singer by her late aunt, launched on Tuesday and includes numerous styles ranging from sizes 6X to XS. Lizzo hopes to fill a gap in the plus size underwear and underwear market.

“Before [developing Yitty] I wore nothing,” she said. “I stopped wearing bras. I stopped wearing panties for a while because I was rebelling against girdles, underwear, corsets and all. And I had a bra that I love that I wore so much it was ripped, but the design was so amazing. And I couldn’t find it anywhere else in that size or style.”

Now, with this latest launch alongside the release of new music and a new show, Lizzo is creating widespread representation for plus-size women.

“It’s really my season because all the things that I’ve been working on and developing for the past three to five years are finally coming to fruition and I can talk about it and it’s out in the world,” she said. “So yes, I’m about to be everywhere. You’re about to get sick of me.”

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