Lizzo Claps Back at Critics of Her Head-Turning Met Gala Look — and Labels Them as 'Fatphobic'

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The singer attended the star-studded event one month after quitting “negative energy”

<p>Jamie McCarthy/Getty</p> Lizzo responds to critics of her 2024 Met Gala look

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Lizzo responds to critics of her 2024 Met Gala look

Back in April, Lizzo declared she had no room for “negative energy" — in fact, she said she had “quit” giving into the haters, period.

So, when Internet trolls had controversial things to say about her bold 2024 Met Gala look — which included a botanical sculptural gown and towering corset headpiece by Victor Weinsanto — the "Good as Hell" singer quickly shut it down.

“If I'm not in your best dressed, you’re fatphobic,” the four-time Grammy winner wrote in an Instagram post shared shortly after her red carpet appearance.

The comment was Lizzo’s response to all the criticism her look received, such as the many comparisons of her to inanimate objects — including a menstrual cup.

<p> Dia Dipasupil/Getty </p> Lizzo turns heads in a Victor Weinsanto botanical ensemble at the 2024 Met Gala

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Lizzo turns heads in a Victor Weinsanto botanical ensemble at the 2024 Met Gala

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But giving into the hate would dismiss all the work Lizzo’s team put into making the extravagant design.

Weinsanto spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the meticulous attention to detail that went into the dress which, in itself, took almost 700 hours to create.

The designer says that the gown, which originally debuted in Weinsanto's spring/summer 2024 collection, was personalized for Lizzo by way of dying the fabric to match the pop star’s skin tone and carving out a face-opening in the corset-inspired headpiece so fans could actually see her glam, done by makeup artist Alexx Mayo.

“I didn’t want to be the designer responsible for a fall in front of the whole world,” Weinsanto told the outlet. “And honestly, now that the dress has been recreated for Lizzo, I like this version even better. It’s also perfect for showcasing her gorgeous body.”

Later on in the night, the Emmy winner changed into a fairy look for a Met Gala afterparty. Her second outfit included a magenta velvet corset with wing-like attachments, opera gloves and stilettos. She coordinated with friend SZA, who skipped the carpet but partied in a plunging floral-patterned yellow dress.

<p>Gotham/GC Images</p> SZA and Lizzo attend a Met Gala afterparty in New York City on May 6

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SZA and Lizzo attend a Met Gala afterparty in New York City on May 6

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Lizzo’s clapback and Met Gala appearance also comes three months after she attempted to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against her by three of her former background dancers and was denied.

Amid the lawsuit, Lizzo took to Instagram in November to explain to her fans that she was taking time to focus on herself, her music and her relationship "with people and food, my anxiety, my body, my business, and my trust issues with the world.” 

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