Lizzo has just made history with her latest magazine cover. The singer reveals that she is the first plus-sized woman to be on the cover of Vogue.
“I am the first big black woman on the cover of @voguemagazine,” she wrote on Instagram. “The first black anything feels overdue. But our time has come. To all my black girls, if someone like you hasn’t done it yet— BE THE FIRST.”
In her article, Lizzo talks about being brokenhearted by this country since she was a child. She states, “My dad taught me very early on about what being Black in this country is. When I learned about Emmett Till, I was so young. And I have never forgotten his face.”
She also talks about body positivity and how she feels it’s been appropriated to a certain degree. “It’s commercialized,” she says. “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. 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.”
Lizzo lastly adds, “I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body-positive at this point. It’s easy. 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. Change is always uncomfortable, right?”
Lizzo also took part in Vogue’s 73 Questions series, and talked about Prince, voting, and played Kiss, Marry, Kill. Watch the video below.