While on her beach vacay, Lizzo hopped on to TikTok to post a vid condemning the constant body shaming comments that she and other creators receive on social media. She captioned the post, “FOR THE PPL IN THE BACK 🍑” and started the vid off by saying, “the discourse around bodies is officially tired.”
Lizzo went on to talk about the criticism that people with all different body types receive, saying, "I have seen comments go from, 'Oh my gosh, I liked you when you were thick. Why did you lose weight?,' to 'Oh my gosh, why did you get a BBL? I liked your body before,' to 'Oh my gosh, you're so big. You need to lose weight, but for your health,' to 'Oh my gosh, you're so little. You need to get ass or titties or something,' to 'Oh my gosh, why did she get all that work done? It's just too much work.' Are we ok? Do you see the delusion?”
“Do we realize that artists are not here to fit into *your* beauty standards? Artists are here to make art. And this body is art,” she said while running her hands up her body, proudly showing it off in a colorful swirl-patterned bikini.
Fans flooded the comments with support and positivity. “SPEAK👏🏾ON👏🏾IT👏🏾,” one person wrote. “There are so many other things to talk about than somebody else’s body,” said another.
Lizzo also posted the clip to Insta with the caption, “If we had to pay money for every comment we post on social media maybe people would think before they type 😏.”
In October 2020, Lizzo was Vogue’s cover star, where she used the space as an opportunity to speak about body normativity. “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,” she said.
Lizzo has also used her platform to speak about the importance of representation for Black, plus-sized people. At the 74th Emmy Awards in September 2022, her series Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won the award for Outstanding Competition Program. In her emotional and empowering acceptance speech, she tearfully said, “When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media. Someone fat like me, someone Black like me, someone beautiful like me. If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You gonna see that person, but b***h it’s gonna have to be you.” She finished her speech with, “This is for the big girls.”
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