Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Lizzo on the cover of British Vogue. Now, here’s a moment to let you catch your breathe and take in all of her beauty. The Detroit artist graces the cover of British Vogue‘s December issue and people on social media are fawning over the rare and beautiful sight of seeing a real woman, with a real body on their cover. The 31-year-old pop star was also taken aback about seeing herself on the cover of such a monumental institution.
“Big black girls, if you’re reading this… you’re a cover star,” the “Truth Hurts” singer captioned on Instagram. “Nothin less. Period Pooh. Fin bitch. Thank you.”
Her interview in British Vogue was just as straightforward as that caption. She discussed the painful reality of having to grow up with constant images of women who didn’t look anything like her. There’s no way of hiding the fact that fashion magazines, dominated by Vogue, typically feature strictly white skinny women or white celebrities. Though things are changing, thank God.
“I would watch things on television and I would look at magazines and I would not see myself,” she said in the interview with the publication. “When you don’t see yourself, you start to think something’s wrong with you. Then you want to look like those things and when you realize it’s a physical impossibility, you start to think, ‘What the fuck is wrong with me?’ I think that took a greater toll on me, psychologically, growing up than what anyone could have said to me.”
She also added that her moment is not about body positivity, but about being real. She said that label is all about marketing and doesn’t help people see themselves in an authentic way.
“Anybody that uses body positivity to sell something is using it for their personal gain. That’s just it,” Lizzo told British Vogue. “We weren’t selling anything in the beginning. We were just selling ourselves and selling ourselves on the idea – selling ourselves on ourselves, you know?” She added, “I’m not trying to sell you me. I’m trying to sell you, you.”
Lizzo’s cover story in the magazine just cements how we all feel so much love for her, which, let’s be honest, could be overwhelming for any person. Lizzo said if she had experienced this kind of fame when she was younger, she may not have been able to handle it in a healthy way.
“I think if I was 21 right now, I would not be able to maintain this lifestyle without having major anxiety and panic attacks,” she said. “But thank God, my journey is all about self-care and finding that love for yourself and nurturing yourself. Because that’s what artists need more than anything.”
Click here to read the entire interview.