I am a fan of Lizzo. I love her creativity and artistic expression, the comedic chops she proved while hosting SNL, her musical talents, and the courage to be herself. She is right now one of the brightest stars on the entertainment horizon.
She also weighs 300 lbs and refuses to be shamed for it… Her costumes reveal her Rubenesque form, and she doesn’t shun outrageous bathing suit styles. She caught our attention when she was the first plus size Black model to grace the cover of Vogue in October 2020 in a red chiffon nightgown, for which we gave her a “high-five.”
She had something interesting to say in the interview in “Vogue” with Claudia Rankine, a famed journalist and poet. The two related to each other by life experience as Black artists with total openness. Her empathy and desire to make everyone who is unseen, feel seen is powerful and empowering. Her concerts are diverse, bringing together people of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities and sexual orientations. She fosters a sense of hope and love for everyone. Her message of not being able to stop the racism but choosing to not take part in the hatred, came at a transformative moment in 2020.
What interests me is her self-confidence in a body that could easily be dismissed as “unhealthy.” Lizzo never talked about health, but she spoke about body image. I quote the article: “I can be confident and look this way. 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.”
What does she mean by “normalize my body?” She says at the beginning of the interview, “I don’t need a crown to know that I’m a queen!” which we buy immediately. She’s a queen. With a body that’s just normal?
In a time of fat-shaming, Lizzo communicates that every body is beautiful and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what’s missing in the lyrics of the songs is a connection of sensuality that can be transmitted from a larger body as much as from a skinny one. I like Lizzo’s positivity, her attitude, and her incredible spirit. “Is my music and my weight so intrinsically connected that if I were to lose weight, I’d lose fans or lose validity? I don’t care! I lead a very healthy lifestyle – mentally, spiritually, I try to keep everything I put in my body super clean,” she said in an interview with “Vanity Fair.”
Would she lose her fans if she’ll lose weight? Maybe. How much healthy, plant-based food does she have to eat to maintain the 300 lbs she brings to the scale? Lizzo calls food fun but never sensual. Maybe that will come in a song she hasn’t written yet. When she does, it will be a hit song. And might bring back mindful eating, the sensual experience of food, and a return to quality over quantity.
In my weight-loss sessions, I use hypnosis to implement the joy of eating mindfully which always leads to a healthy weight.