Why Lizzo is one of the best inspirations of our generation

Lizzo. Pic: @lizzobeating

Morning coffee? Check. Quick Instagram scroll? Check. A picture of a naked Lizzo with a stylish fringe and a white cup (in a shape of a butt?), welcoming Taurus season and making people choke on their morning avocado on toast? Check. Lizzo never fails to surprise her followers – and the rest of the planet for that matter.

Her success and position of an icon doesn’t require any explanation, although people tend to be hasty with assigning her labels she does not always feel comfortable with.

“I’m sick of being an activist just because I’m fat and black.” Lizzo said in an interview with David Letterman.

Reminding the media that the dominating narrative about her career has a propensity to be quite narrow and one-sided, “I want to be an activist because I’m intelligent, because I care about issues, because my music is good, because I want to help the world.” 

The same world also cannot resist to make comments on the size of Lizzo’s clothes, her workout regime or revealing pics on Insta, to name a few. It almost appears that the trite quote “liking yourself is a rebellious act” is still valid in 2021. Standing against this excessive attention to body altogether makes Lizzo almost accidentally redefine the entire body positivity movement. Because what she does is to simply know her worth and what value she brings to the table. Is it really this shocking for the public that Lizzo just loves herself to the fullest?

Having said that, this has always been the case. Lizzo had to learn, unlearn and relearn many things along the way before finally ascending to the version of her which she believes was meant for her to be. This huge amount of confidence hasn’t been built overnight either. Lizzo has been vocal about finding strength within in order to create it from scratch on her own terms.

What about the flood of hurtful comments? In Lizzo’s style – by fighting back. She’s responding to every hate under her posts on social media to make a clear statement: I see you, hater!

As accurately summed up by Jameela Jamil, Lizzo incarnates an aggressive self-love which determines a new path for current and following generations. She also reminds us that – no matter what label you’ve been marked with – you can shake it off and empower yourself and others by simply being you.

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