Lizzo Argues ‘Body Positivity’ Movement Is Not Benefiting Those It Was Created For
Lizzo, a champion in the fight against body shaming, says the term “body positivity” has been commercialized and reached a point where it’s in danger of losing its meaning.
In the October cover story of Vogue, the R&B star spoke about changed in the body positivity movement.
“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. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative. What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it,” she said in an interview with poet and playwright Claudia Rankine.
“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. They need to be benefiting from … the mainstream effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets — you know, it gets made acceptable,” the singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist added.
After struggling with body issues at an early age, Lizzo became an advocate for body positivity and self-love as she attracted more mainstream attention, while making diversity the focus of her music.
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