Lizzo has openly criticised the lack of body acceptance in the music and fashion sectors and said that she once did not think she was “attractive.”
The 34-year-old American singer acknowledged that for years she felt “embarrassed” and didn’t believe she possessed the “qualities” to succeed as a pop star because she believed others wouldn’t want to look like her.
“I know people want to look like me now. But I’m talking about what it was like in my formative years. I wasn’t really set up to believe that I was desirable,” she told Elle UK.
“For me, being a pop star – part of it is people either want to be you or be with you.
“And I didn’t feel like I had any of those qualities.”
Lizzo claimed that her fears were so severe that she wished there were others on the stage with her so that attention wouldn’t always be on her. She admits she used to feel ‘ashamed’ about her body.
She further said: “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 is urging the fashion industry to ensure that people of all shapes and sizes can fit into their outfits in order to increase visibility for those who might not look like runway models.
Lizzo stated that although she is only one person, it has been an honour for brands and labels to create ensembles specifically for her.
“What about the millions of people who are my size or bigger who can’t get access to chic and glamorous clothing?” she asked.
“I don’t want to be the token big girl for the fashion world. I want to open the door. I want this for everybody.”
She’s spoken about how she has an amazing team who keep her grounded.
In an interview with Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM, hosted by DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angel Yee, Lizzo said: “I have the most genuine people around me.
“They don’t give a s**t about ‘Lizzo’ with the chain on.
“They care about ‘Melissa’, and everyone I’m close with has known me before all of this happened and I think that’s important.”