Keep All Eyes On Lizzo, The Rising Star and Woke Icon

BY SARAH JOHN AND LEXI LANE

Lizzo just released her third album Cuz I Love You, and just like she sings on the opening of lead single “Truth Hurts,” she’s 100% that b**ch.

PHOTO: Lizzo /  Instagram

PHOTO: Lizzo / Instagram

Cuz I Love You is Lizzo’s initial album after signing to Atlantic Records and dropping collaborations with heavy-hitters in the pop & rap scene (Missy Elliott, Charli XCX). However, the Detroit native has had a long career in the scene outside of her streamable discography.

Before her record deal, Lizzo made 2013’s debut Lizzobangers, followed by her sophomore release Big Grrrl Small World in 2015. Within the past four years, Lizzo’s also garnered over a million followers on social media and appeared in the films UglyDolls and Hustlers.

The 31-year-old singer has kept herself busy and managed to make a brilliant third album in between all the craziness of her schedule. Lizzo’s album features with Missy (“Tempo”) and Gucci Mane (“Exactly How I Feel”) add more hype and are songs you could play both on rotation in the club or on a night in with your closest friends.

Aside from rocking a rising music career, Lizzo is also a major advocate for body positivity in the music industry. Earlier this year she told  British Vogue, “I didn’t have enough women to look up to and they weren’t given enough space in the industry to carve out a lane for big girls that are brown and black and want to sing and dance without getting shit talked and body shamed. I’m out here and I set my mind to it. I want to be a sex symbol and music goddess and I’m out here trying to make that happen for myself. I’m here for the fantasy, but I want to be a part of that fantasy. I’m just as fine as those girls.”

Lizzo’s songs often speak of acceptance, self-love, and tolerance. However, Lizzo doesn’t just sing about the importance of self-love. She also takes the time to boldly embody its principles, infusing it into each message she sends to the public. She uses social media as a vehicle to celebrate her body, and to celebrate the bodies of people that society often leaves unacknowledged. Her entire image matches the type of ferociously honest self-confidence that she advocates for in her music, creating a charm that leads fans to gravitate to her as a musician, but also as an individual. In fact, many fans have even taken to the Internet to express their marvel at her upbeat, inspirational message — tweeting jokes about how Lizzo’s music might just be the cure to all woes and self-confidence issues.

Lizzo has clearly developed a reputation for herself as a talented musician, and a passionate supporter of activism for marginalized people. A large part of Lizzo’s platform is used to defend causes that she believes in, and she can be seen frequently speaking up on issues around abortion, LGBTQ rights, and topics affecting POC in addition to her work around body positivity. She is constantly challenging the norms around how celebrities need to look, what is beautiful and what isn’t, and how expressive women are allowed to be. This wide-ranging activism along with her soulful and dynamic music, makes Lizzo more than just an artist to watch but a flourishing icon to stay on top of.

Lead Image Credit: Lizzo / Instagram