Since the beginning of time, people everywhere and of all different backgrounds have been told that they have to fit a certain criteria to be accepted by others, especially in the entertainment industry.
However, celebrities like Lizzo are breaking stereotypes and paving the way for future artists to come by embracing their own originality and staying true to themselves.
Lizzo isn’t a fan of people referring to her as “brave,” though, for how she dresses or her overall messages. In her opinion, she’s just being her own authentic self, which she believes everyone should feel comfortable to do as well.
“When people look at my body and be like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so brave,’ it’s like, ‘No, I’m not.’ I’m just fine. I’m just me. I’m just sexy,” Lizzo says.
In her opinion, there’s a double standard. With the large quantity of very thin celebrities out there, they aren’t commended for their bravery when they choose to wear an outfit that might be a little more revealing, whether it’s on stage or in everyday life. However, when someone who’s any more than model skinny decides to wear a bikini or a tighter dress, suddenly there is an outpouring of support for them because they have enough “courage” to wear something like that.
Lizzo doesn’t think it should be hard for anyone to see her or anyone else as beautiful, as everyone is in their own way and should be able to wear whatever they want no matter how they look.
For some, social media can be seen as a negative tool in terms of developing one’s own confidence, but that isn’t exactly how Lizzo feels about the situation.
She views social media as an outlet for people to see different kinds of beauty, versus in previous eras when people only saw the models on runways or in magazines.
“Now we have the internet,” she says. “So if you want to see somebody who’s beautiful who looks like you, go on the internet and just type something in.”
As confident as Lizzo seems, though, her journey to stardom hasn’t always been smooth sailing. She admitted in a recent interview that after her hit song “Truth Hurts” came out, she wanted to quit singing all together, but after encouragement from her producers and supporters, she kept pushing on, and it was worth it in the end.
While self-confidence can be a struggle for so many people, following Lizzo’s example and embracing who you truly are is the first step to loving yourself. We all have so much to offer, and taking a step back to appreciate each other’s differences is important in order to create a society where everyone feels equally loved.