Lizzo Discusses The Problem With Body Positivity On Her First Vogue US Cover

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Rocking a red-hot Valentino dress, Lizzo’s looks good as hell in her first Vogue US cover!

The, 32-year-old chart-topper fronts the fashion magazine’s October 2020 issue as she opens up in an interview with poet and playwright Claudia Rankine about Black Lives Matter, her musical beginnings and the body positivity movement, for which she’s been a torch-bearer since the start of her career.

Lensed by Hype Williams, the Grammy award-winner singer also models looks from Gucci, Moschino Couture and LaQuan Smith inside the issue. Speaking on the term “body positivity”, Lizzo says it has been commercialized and appropriated to the point where it’s in danger of losing its meaning.

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“I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body positive at this point,” she says. “It’s easy. I would like to be body-normative. I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here. We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?”

On her musical beginnings as a black woman: “Early in her career, Lizzo says, she was told by music-industry executives, “You can’t go white to Black. But you can go from Black to white.” Her response: “‘Well, I’m a Black woman. So I can do just about anything I want to do.’ How dare these people sit up and tell me who my music is going to appeal to or not?”… “When I go hiking or whatever,” Lizzo tells me, “it’s Black girls being like, ‘I like your music.’ ‘Hey, that’s Lizzo.’” These Black fans confirm for Lizzo what she already knows, that she’s “a Black woman making music from a Black experience”—and that her message can speak to anyone.”

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On elections: “Having a Black woman as vice president would be great, because I’m just always rooting for Black people. But I want actual change to happen…in the laws. And not just on the outside, you know? Not a temporary fix to a deep-rooted, systemic issue. A lot of times I feel like we get distracted by the veneer of things. If things appear to be better, but they’re not actually better, we lose our sense of protest.”

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