The 32-year-old announced her partnership with beauty brand Dove on Tuesday, April 20, by stripping down and sharing an “unedited selfie” to “help reverse the negative effects of social media.”
"♉️WELCOME TO TAURUS SEASON♉️,” the superstar, who turns 33 next week, captioned her NSFW photo. “Now normally I would fix my belly and smooth my skin but baby I wanted show u how I do it au natural.” Lizzo explained that her mission for posting the risqué snap was to change the “conversation about beauty standards,” she wrote, adding: “Let’s get real y’all 🙆🏾.”
The “Good as Hell” crooner took it one step further during a Zoom conversation hosted by Dove for the brand’s Self-Esteem Project by talking about how owning her body has drastically improved her mental well-being.
"As most people know I did an interview about What's Underneath Project years ago and I took off all my clothes. I took my wig off and talked about the things I loved about myself. I was like, if anybody wants to see how I really look, all they got to do is go to YouTube," she said.
Lizzo continued: "From then on, I was like, I have nothing to hide. There's no shame anymore. I just post myself. It's like, you take me as I am. You don't have to love me." She stated that for her, self-love wasn't a choice, it "was literal survival." She explained, "I'm going to continue to live in this body and survive in this body and be happy and actually enjoy life, I need to find a way to like myself. I was body negative for a long time."
The Grammy winner noted that the negativity on social media began to affect her and how she viewed herself, and the only way she could snap out of it was to take a moment to pause and see the situation for what it was and to enact change. "Most people are taught that body negativity is normal, right? Then I became body positive, which is the opposite of that. It's disruptive," Lizzo said. "I believe everything I say about my body. But to push this conversation forward, we need to normalize it."
The singer says her body-normative movement isn’t a “political statement,” she just wants to be able to foster a world where bodies of all shapes and sizes are accepted. To drown out the negativity of social media, Lizzo stated that what helped her get into a positive mindset was "following people who looked like me" on Instagram and Twitter.
"I was following people before who I thought were beautiful and they were society's beauty standard. Looking at them made me have this desire to edit or to change or think that I wasn't worthy. I don't want one person's beauty to diminish the other," she added.
"One day I stumbled upon Gabi Fresh,” she said, referring to the plus-size supermodel. “She had the first bikinis for fat girls. I was so excited. I was like, 'She looks like me, right?' I hit that follow button so hard," Lizzo continued. "That led me to this beautiful world of women who looked like me."