Lizzo Shuts Down Body Shamers, Says She’s Been ‘Working Out Consistently for the Last 5 Years’
We can always rely on Lizzo to remind us to love ourselves. The singer is not here for fat shamers and we should take notes. On Tuesday, the ‘Good as Hell’ singer posted a TikTok video of herself. The singer captioned it as “if you’re not a fat shamer… keep scrolling… ok now that all the fat shamers are here 🧚🏾♀️✨.”
In the video, she is riding a stationary bicycle, doing squats, jumping rope, and loving her body while checking her curves out in the mirror. She is working out and talking about body positivity as well.
Over the background music (“Buttercup” by Jack Stauber), Lizzo delivers her message in a cool, calm, collected voice.
“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,” Lizzo says over clips showing herself riding a stationary bike, doing squats, checking herself out in the mirror and jumping rope.
At this point, Lizzo poses and looks at her reflection in a mirror while wearing a swimsuit. “Because I am beautiful, I am strong, I do my job, and I stay on my job,” she says.
“So next time you want to come to somebody and judge them, whether they drink kale smoothies or eat McDonald’s or work out or not work out, how about you look at your own fucking self and worry about your own goddamn body, because health is not just determined on what you look like on the outside,” she continues.
Lizzo finished her video with a reminder that “health is also what happens on the inside.” She also took another opportunity to call out the body shamers, saying, “a lot of y’all need to do a fucking cleanse for your insides.”
“Namaste, have a great day,” she said as she signed off.
Lizzo’s encouraging video
So far, the clip has 1.5 million likes. Thousands of people have commented, praising the “Truth Hurts” singer for her candor and self-love.
“Louder for the people in the back!!!” wrote one, while another remarked, “The way you love yourself has helped me love myself even more. Thank you Lizzo.”
Was that a mic drop we just heard or is it all the fat-shamers simultaneously deleting their social media accounts? Not only is this video’s energy incredible, but it’s entirely factual: Weight does not necessarily correlate with health.
The GRAMMY winner didn’t stop there. She also posted a clip of a dad and his two sons reading a troll’s comment that his son needed to exercise or he’d be the next Lizzo.
Instead of reading it as an insult, the dad begins cheering as the little boy jumps up shouting, “I’d love to be the next Lizzo! You can just kiss my a**!”
Lizzo shared her reaction to the clip, grinning while watching it. Responding she wrote, “Oh u mean the next million dollar dealin, cover of Vogue havin, 3x GRAMMY award winning, icon, actress, activist, with a perfect a**?”
‘I am really just so honored to be graced with this identity’
Lizzo, the singer-rapper born Melissa Jefferson, has long been an inspiration when it comes to self-love.
In 2018, she told Billboard magazine:
“To have a big Black girl singing about how she’s working on the calisthenics ― because mind you, I be in the gym every day, 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 OK to work out and not have a six-pack.”
A year later, she announced in a feature in V Magazine that she’s a “fat bitch” who loves her body and is “too big” to be put in a box.
“No matter what angle you shoot it at … my body is just so fucking beautiful all the time. I may talk shit about it sometimes, but fuck. She’s still a bad bitch,” Lizzo said, adding that her second-favorite thing about herself is her Blackness.
“I am really just so honored to be graced with this identity. No shade to any other shade on the planet ― I just can’t relate,” she said. “I just love being a Black woman, even in a world where [we] are statistically the least desirable. I am still here, and I still rise.”
During her quarantine, Lizzo has also stayed busy and engaged in current events. She was at the opening YouTube’s Class of 2020 virtual graduation event, hosting meditation sessions on Instagram Live with SZA. She was addressing her feelings on racism in the midst of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
In addition to loving herself, Lizzo has also been outspoken about the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice.