Music superstar Lizzo said she is embracing her “confidence and strength” to create modern-day beauty standards, following in the footsteps of reality show queen Kim Kardashian.
The 33-year-old Grammy winner, who has become a symbol of the black beauty and body positivity movement, said she is determined to make sure her success is not a “clash in the pan”. .
Appearing on the cover of People Change The World magazine, she said: “I deserve attention. I deserve attention.
“I am talented, I am young, I am hot. And I worked hard.
“I had to chart a trail. There was no Lizzo before Lizzo”.
The oversized pop star previously said she wants to normalize her body.
Lizzo said: “I think I have a very hot body! I am a body icon and I accept that more and more every day.
“This may not be one person’s ideal body type, Kim Kardashian may not be someone’s ideal body, but she is a body icon and has set a beauty standard. modern.
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“And what I am doing is enhancing my confidence and my power to create my own beauty standards.
“And one day, that will be the norm.”
The singer, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson, grew up in Houston, Texas, in a family “proud of her black skin.”
“They taught me from a very young age how America treats black people. How it treats black women.
“And I saw very quickly how we treat fat people.
“I said, ‘Okay, what can I do with this? How can I make the best use of this? ‘
“I should not have survived. I shouldn’t have made it this far.
“I am not supposed to be a millionaire. I am not considered a sex symbol.
“So how can I make this worthwhile?”
Lizzo won Best Pop Solo Performance for hit single Truth Hurts at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards 2020, a category that also included Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.
She also won Best Urban Contemporary Album for Cuz I Love You and Best Traditional R&B Performance for the single Jerome.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/i-had-to-blaze-a-trail-there-was-no-lizzo-before-lizzo-singer-says-41403904.html I had to chart a trail – there was no Lizzo before Lizzo, the singer said