This won’t come as a surprise to any of her fans, but Lizzo loves her body and couldn’t care less if you don’t. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has taken body positivity to a spectacularly celebratory new level with her radical self-love and unrelenting encouragement for others to do the same. Needless to say, there are still haters and trolls and body-shamers who’d love to poke holes in her wholly justified confidence — this is the Internet, after all. And while they don’t deserve so much as a single eyelash batted in their direction, Lizzo decided to put them in their place this week.
On Tuesday, Lizzo posted a video to TikTok — a series of clips showing her doing various workouts. In the caption, she wrote, “If you’re not a fat shamer… keep scrolling… ok now that all the fat shamers are here,” but it’s the voiceover she recorded for the video that really sends a message.
“Hey. So I’ve been working out consistently for the last five years, and it may come as a surprise to some of y’all that I’m not working out to have your ideal body type. I’m working out to have my ideal body type. And you know what type that is? None of your fucking business,” Lizzo says. “Because I am beautiful. I am strong. I do my job, and I stay on my job.”
Lizzo wraps up the much-needed lecture with, “Namaste. Have a great day.”
On Thursday, having noticed how much traction the TikTok post had gotten, Lizzo reposted the video on her Instagram grid with an all-caps caption making her intentions perfectly clear.
“Since this is goin around the internet let me just say: I DONT POST THINGS LIKE THIS FOR ME. IDGAF ABOUT TROLLS THAT BODY SHAME ME. I DO THIS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO GET BODY SHAMED EVERY SINGLE DAY WHO DONT HAVE MY PLATFORM OR HAVE THE SAME PATH TO CONFIDENCE I HAD,” she writes. “I KNOW THAT I AM HERE TO DEFEND AND REPRESENT YALL. BECAUSE I LOVE YALL AND I DONT WANT YALL TO GO THROUGH THE SELF HATRED I WENT THROUGH. AND IF POSTING MY JOURNEY AND CUSSING IGNORANT INSECURE WANNABE ‘COMMENT SECTION DOCTOR’ OUT IS WHAT I GOTTA DO TO MAKE SURE FAT SHAMING IS SHAMED THEN THATS WHAT IM GONNA DO. Ok love u bye.”
And her fans love her right back. If there were any shamers in the comments, they were drowned out by admiration. “What a queen she is,” one commenter wrote, echoing the sentiments of many others. Another said, “THANK YOU for using your platform to help fight body shaming & fatphobia.”
Lizzo’s message shouldn’t be necessary, but as long as it is, we’re so happy she’s ready, willing, and able to deliver it.