Pop superstar Lizzo has found herself on the cover of Vogue magazine, making her the first "big Black woman" to grace the publication's cover. "The first black anything feels overdue," she wrote on Instagram sharing her excitement with a series of images shot by famed photographer Hype Williams. "But our time has come. To all my black girls, if someone like you hasn’t done it yet— BE THE FIRST."
Within the pages Lizzo discusses her ongoing body positivity campaign, a movement which, at this point, she feels has deviated from its original purpose.
“It’s commercialized. Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about,” she explained. “I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative."
She continued, "What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it. Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club."
The singer feels that these days, those types of women are not truly benefiting from the emergence of the movement. "With everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets — you know, it gets made acceptable,” she says.
Lizzo has consistently been sharing her health routine and workouts on social media in an effort to stem the tide of opinions that equate being thin with being healthy, as is evident in some of her TikTok posts. Now, she says her own opinion of the movement has evolved into something even more inclusive. “I think it’s lazy for me to just say ‘I’m body positive’ at this point,” she admits.
“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. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here."
"We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change," says the "Truth Hurts" singer.
"Change is always uncomfortable, right?”
Check out the October issue of Vogue here.