Lizzo is known for her uplifting music and positive messages around beauty and self-love. However, growing up as Melissa Viviane Jefferson, Lizzo struggled with body confidence due to the overwhelming majority of pop stars who didn’t look like her.
Instead of letting this defeat her, Lizzo decided to change the game, and has become not only an icon, but a role model for young girls around the world.
In a soul-baring interview with Elle this July, Lizzo opened up about her beginnings in the industry, why her attitudes towards social media have evolved, and how she learned to love herself.
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‘I wasn’t really set up to believe that I was desirable’
Although the Lizzo we know today is the embodiment of body positivity and self-love, encouraging young girls to be confident in themselves and releasing feel-good anthems, the singer did not always feel that way about herself.
Lizzo began her career as a singer and rapper in girl groups due to her insecurity about her weight, caused by the fact that nearly every star she saw was “thinner and light-skinned,” with very few looking like her.
“Sure, there were women like Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah. But they were the exception to the rule. And so I always felt like, even if the song is great, people wouldn’t want to hear it coming from me. So I thought, if I have other people on stage, too, that will take the focus off me a little bit,” she explained.
As a young girl, Lizzo wasn’t “set up to believe” that she wasn’t desirable, so she decided to take the matter into her own hands and change things. Finding her confidence began with the people she surrounded herself with and the attitude she took towards herself.
She stated: “I spent years being ashamed. It took a lot of work for me to feel worthy of being in this place. To feel worthy of being a force to be reckoned with.”
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How Lizzo began to feel Good as Hell…
Lizzo first found self-confidence through the “fake it till you make it method.” The singer attracted people who thought that she was beautiful, one of whom was her best friend from Minneapolis. Being around someone who genuinely thought she was beautiful allowed her to believe it and verbalize it herself.
Changing her attitude towards social media was also important for Lizzo.
“I don’t need social media, social media needs me. Social media literally needs people to function. I don’t need to go on the internet and feel better about stuff anymore. I have a therapist. I have best friends. I have an amazing team around me who I can talk to. I got love,” she told Elle.
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Special: Lizzo’s latest album
On July 15, Lizzo released her album Special, a 12-track collection of feel-good songs preceded by her hit single About Damn Time.
Lizzo revealed to Zane Lowe that the album was originally titled In Case Nobody Told You until Max Martin helped her restructure the hook of the song Special.
One of the singles from the album, Grrrls, came under fire for containing an ableist slur. Lizzo quickly apologised and released an updated version of the song where the word was removed. She said: “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language.”
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