Lizzo is the first plus black woman to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine.
The “Good As Hell” singer brings her self- love and luscious brand onto the fashion magazine’s October 2020 issue. Laced in a vibrant red dress by Valentino, and gorgeous looks from Gucci, Moschino Couture, and LaQuan Smith, photographed by the legendary music video director and producer Hype Williams.
Claudia Rankine, a poet and playwright, interviewed Lizzo as both ladies discussed topics ranging from Black Lives Matter and her musical journey to the body positivity movement. However, she’s been an innovator since the beginning of her career.
According to the songstress, the term “body positivity” has been marketed to the point where it’s losing its true meaning. “Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body-positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lots of white girls. And I feel no way about that because inclusivity is what my message is always about. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative. What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it,” said Lizzo.
“Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club. They need to be benefiting from … the mainstream effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets — you know, it gets made acceptable.”
The Detroit native continues to say, “I think it’s lazy for me just to say I’m a body-positive at this point. 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.”
Although Lizzo has dealt with internet trolls who always attack her for acknowledging her curves, she says that it’s essential that we keep the conversation going.
“I think now, I owe it to the people who started this not just to stop here,” she expressed. “We have to make people uncomfortable again so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?”