“The body-positive movement is the body-positive movement, and we high five. We’re parallel. But my movement is my movement. When all the dust has settled on the groundbreaking-ness, I’m going to still be doing this. I’m not going to suddenly change. I’m going to still be telling my life story through music. And if that’s body-positive to you, amen. That’s feminist to you, amen. If that’s pro-black to you, amen. Because ma’am, I’m all of those things.”

Allure
Lizzo

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, professionally known as Lizzo is someone it seems everyone has an opinion of. This thirty something year old Grammy winner is taking the world by storm and it is much deserved. While it may appear that Lizzo just blew up as an artist overnight. That is far from truth.

Lizzo is a flutist, singer, actress, and actor. Her chart topping single “Truth Hurts” was released in 2017. However, it didn’t climb the charts until 2019. It’s as though it were a volcano waiting to explode. And explode it did!

Lizzo’s music performance on SNL.

I had not heard of Lizzo until someone mentioned her name to me last summer. They told me how she was a plus size musician that was an awesome music artist. I brushed it off and was like, yeah okay. Then one day a few months ago, I went online and all I saw were images of Lizzo with her booty out and a heap of posts about her on my Twitter and Facebook.

At first I had no opinion of her. I was like “Make your money sister girl”. Then as I began reading some of the comments made by a few folks that I am fighting from calling jackasses. I then began to see that part of social media I hate. The part where opinionated, hateful people post whatever and sit behind screens being bullies.

lizzo and eddie murphy on SNL
Lizzo and Eddie Murphy on SNL

Truth is Lizzo performs a 1.5 hour concert. I watched some footage of her concert and was blown away. The movement this woman puts in. She is truly a representation of #IAmPlusSizeWellness.

“I want people to realize that fitness doesn’t have a look or an aesthetic or a weight. Fitness is a very personal thing that’s between you and your doctor. To have a big black girl singing about how she’s working on the calisthenics – because mind you, I be in the gym everyday, but people don’t believe that because I got extra fat and rolls and a big butt – I think that it’s empowering for young girls, to see that it’s okay to work out and not have a six-pack.”

Billboard

Too often we big girls are made to feel inferior and out of place. While many of us are healthier then many skinny folks. As one of our motto’s remains “Health has no size”. I personally commend Lizzo for continuing to be herself in a world that is superficial and wants everyone else to feel inferior and hate themselves. Keep shining!

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