( ENSPIRE She Did That ) From Music To Fashion, Lizzo Has Become An Icon
ENSPIRE Contributor: Jonae Rambus
Breaking barriers is nothing new for multi-talented artist Lizzo. From playing the flute in the University of Houston’s marching band, singing and collaborating on a song with Prince, and launching her own shapewear brand, Lizzo sets the bar.
Within the current landscape of pop and R&B music, few lighten the mood as consistently as Lizzo. The singer and rapper often incorporates themes of confidence and self-love into her music. Lizzo opened up about how long it’s taken her as a darker-skinned and plus-sized entertainer to feel comfortable with herself.
Her hit single ‘About Damn Time’ isn’t just a party song but a song for change, self-expression, and inclusivity. Lizzo pointed out that artists like Missy Elliot and Queen Latifah were “the exception to the rule” when she was younger. Her music and advocacy go hand in hand with self-awareness, body positivity, and creativity.
The artist wants to be a role model for thicker, fuller, darker, and more voluptuous women as opposed to what society is used to. Lizzo credits the people around her as being the making of her. She gives realistic beauty expectations and allows a new perspective of women’s empowerment and diversity. She is a modern model of self-actualization.
It’s hard to talk about Lizzo’s music without talking about her commitment to advocacy. After realizing her music and personality were relatable, she decided to make shapewear for the everyday woman and help the fashion industry become a more welcoming space for women of size. Her confidence is infectious and her platform allows her to have a voice for women who felt excluded and ashamed of their physical appearance. Lizzo wants every woman to feel confident, beautiful, and worthy of love because it’s about damn time!