[Close-Up] Lizzo Is Fierce AF In ‘ESSENCE’ Cover Spread

Lizzo X ESSENCE May 2019
Photo Credit: JD Barnes

Music phenom Lizzo has already proven she’s got the “juice” — now the singer is going full bloom in her latest cover spread.

[SEE ALSO: Watch Lizzo Get Her Braided While Performing ‘Juice’]

The top-10 Billboard artist serves up a mega dose of fierce and fab for ESSENCE May 2019 digital feature in a series of jumbo afro braids coiffed by Shelby Swain and monochromatic looks styled up by Jason Rembert with matchy-matchy eyes by Grace Ahn.

Lizzo X ESSENCE May 2019
Photo Credit: JD Barnes

Inside, the Cuz I Love You star talks making it, being unapologetic and self- care.

On being unapologetic:

I made a decision to be myself because I knew I had no choice. Sometimes the label ‘unapologetic’ bothers me, because it can be loaded, because it means we have to apologize for something in the first place. I’m not ignorant to the fact that we had to have a demeanor of lowering ourselves culturally just to exist. But I’m trying to shake up the narrative about how we’re supposed to act.

On self-care:

This music is medicine and I’m trying to get it to my sisters. It’s so exciting to me to finally be at a level where I have exposure to my Black sisters, my big sisters, my Black trans sisters. It’s not about being poppin’. It’s not about being famous or fashion. It’s about being better and making sure that this world can hear us and respect us.

Click through for more images from the floral-powered spread.

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