Lizzo is out here changing lives, y’all. The “Feeling Good As Hell” singer is posed to perfection on the double cover of British Vogue. Let me start that over: a fat Black woman with all of her curves on full display, draped in a plunging Versace gown and an Adrienne Landau feather boa, is posed to perfection on the cover of Edward Enninful’s British Vogue.
Whatever your qualms may be about the beauty, Lizzo has become a beacon of body-positivity, self-confidence, and damnit-I can-do-anything-I-set-my-mind-to vibes. She, among many other things, is bold, brazen, gaudy and sometimes too damn much — and she gives herself (and us) license to want it all.
And one of those wants is getting women who don’t fit some unspoken mold to be seen. She did it naked, except for those strategic 42 inches of hair, for her breakout Cuz I Love You album. She did it with a tacky blow-up ass at the 2019 Video Music Awards. She does it every time she hits the stage.
And, she continues to do it in editorial spreads, including this couture spread where she rocks look after look styled by Dena Giannini that are neither hiding her body nor exploiting it. She serves face with a contoured beat by makeup artist by Renee Garnes and a retro half-up beehive coiffed by Yusef Williams.
“Thank God, my journey is all about self-care and finding that love for yourself and nurturing yourself,” she says in the accompanying interview. “Because that’s what artists need more than anything.”
She also shared the journey to this place of confidence wasn’t easy:
“I would watch things on television and I would look at magazines and I would not see myself,” she says in the interview. “When you don’t see yourself, you start to think something’s wrong with you. Then you want to look like those things and when you realise it’s a physical impossibility, you start to think, ‘What the fuck is wrong with me?’ I think that took a greater toll on me, psychologically, growing up than what anyone could have said to me.”
We also appreciate that she is also keenly aware of how her messages of empowerment can be capitalized on by those trying to make a quick buck. And, she’s not having.
“Anybody that uses body positivity to sell something is using it for their personal gain. That’s just it,” Lizzo says. “We weren’t selling anything in the beginning. We were just selling ourselves and selling ourselves on the idea – selling ourselves on ourselves, you know?.”
Now, she says, “I’m not trying to sell you me. I’m trying to sell you, you.”