Evewoman : #WCW: Lizzo, self-confidence and plus-size positivity

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#WCW: Lizzo, self-confidence and plus-size positivity

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American singer-songwriter and rapper, Lizzo, is this week’s Woman Crush Wednesday. The Grammy award-winning songbird has had her fair share of viral hit songs including, ‘Truth Hurts’ and ‘Good as Hell’. She has come a long way since creating musical group, Cornrow Clique, with her friends at the age of 14.

The 31-year-old musical star experienced hardship before achieving global success. The sudden death of her father sent her on a downward spiral of depression, which led her to live out of her car for a year at the young age of 21. This tragic experience does not compare to the current success that she now enjoys. 

Lizzo is often criticized for her overt body confidence. Coming up in the music industry as a black woman has its fair share of challenges but Lizzo has managed to break barriers and rise to mainstream success as a plus-size Black woman. She is a symbol of self-confidence and plus-size positivity in a time and age when more and more women are altering their bodies in a bid to attain ‘perfection’.

Lizzo received eight nominations and won four Grammys at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, January 2020
She began playing the flute as a young girl and later took a classical music course at the University of Houston
When Lizzo lost her father at the age of 21, she lived out of her car for one year while trying to break into the music industry
Lizzo’s hit song, ‘Truth Hurts’ went viral after becoming popular on the video sharing app, Tik Tok
She credits social media for giving plus-size women more visibility. This has landed her on magazine covers and major campaigns
Lizzo’s full name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, and the stage name ‘Lizzo’ was inspired by Jay-Z’s song, ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A)’
Lizzo's style of music is inspired by some musical legends, including Diana Ross and Cher

(Images: Instagram – @lizzobeeating)

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