Lizzo. The first thing that comes to my mind is her body positivity. As 2019 comes to an end, I can’t help but admire her hustle, her catchy tunes, and her abundance of self-love. Her boldness is shaking the industry and has everyone motivated to be unapologetically themselves. She is our last terrific woman of the year.
Lizzo grew up in Texas playing the flute. She went to the University of Houston for music performance and rapped in a group named the “Cornrow Clique.” After, she hopped from group to group and then went solo.
As a solo artist, most of her songs were and still are about being black and an “overweight woman” and the stigma attached to it. Her songs resonate with many listeners. An album that really highlighted her personal experiences and contributed to her success was ‘Big Grrrl Small World’. Her song, “My Skin” from the album blew up in 2014. With powerful lyrics like, “I woke up in this in my skin…I can’t wash it away, so you can’t take it from me my brown skin,” women were shocked by its relatability and truth. In 2014, body positivity wasn’t a conversation that was prioritized. There was still a lack of representation of minorities and thicker women on TV and in media, so this song was one of the first to address it.
This year Lizzo’s album ‘Cuz I Love You’ remained in the top 10 of the billboard 200 for several weeks, she made her SNL debut, performed at Coachella, and was named Entertainer of the Year by TIMES’s magazine. Every time I open up Instagram or Facebook I always see her name, her face, her performances. She has been the topic of most conversations recently.
Lizzo never fails to give a killer performance and is very passionate about her music and what she stands for. I admire her desire for others to continue to push and work harder. In a tweet while reflecting on where she was versus where she is, she writes, “don’t stop…we need you. Your time is coming.”
Lizzo is a girl with beauty and brains, and I am excited to see what else she is capable of!
What other beauty would you like to acknowledge before the year ends?