Lizzo has come out against commercializing the body positive movement, which seeks to decrease the stigma surrounding obesity.
The “Juice” singer, who is morbidly obese, is a huge advocate for self-love and body positivity. But in a recent chat with Vogue magazine she admitted she believes the movement calling for the acceptance of all bodies has been partially misappropriated.
“It’s commercialized,” she said. “Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about.
She continued: “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.”
The “Good As Hell” rapper said the body positive movement excludes morbidly obese women like herself who don’t fit the mainstream standard. Lizzo says obesity is beautiful and she is proof of that.
“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…”
Lizzo went on to state she wants to “normalize” her morbid obesity “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?”