Lizzo is proud to be associated with the body-positivity movement but explains that she’s “so much more” than the current trend of celebrating people of all sizes.
“I’m so much more than that. Because I actually present that [and] I have a whole career; it’s not a trend,” Lizzo, 31, tells Rolling Stone. Leading the Grammy nominees with eight, the “Truth Hurts” singer graces the cover of the magazine’s February issue.
In the interview, Lizzo opens up about her own struggles with self-image and how she has come out stronger despite standard societal perceptions of beauty.
“I’ve come to terms with body dysmorphia and evolved,” she explains. “The body-positive movement is doing the same thing. We’re growing together, and it’s growing pains, but I’m just glad that I’m attached to something so organic and alive.”
Earlier this month, “The Biggest Loser”‘s Jillian Michaels questioned the public appreciation of Lizzo’s size.
“Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music?” she asked Buzzfeed. “‘Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I love her music. My kid loves her music. But there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘And I’m so glad that she’s overweight.'”
After users came to the defence of Lizzo, explaining that being plus-size does not equal diabetes, Michaels later double-downed on her remarks.
The “Cuz I Love You” singer seemingly responded to the comments in an Instagram video, saying, “Today’s mantra is: This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy.”