Lizzo body positive journey
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Lizzo just graced the cover of famed music magazine Rolling Stone, and absolutely no one is surprised.

The showstopping artist had an incredible year in 2019, and she's not slowing down. One of Lizzo's most inspiring qualities is her self-love and her ability to lift others up through her music. In her Rolling Stone interview, the musician revealed that she's struggled with body dysmorphia and that it has been a long journey to get to the place she is today. 

Her story makes her even more relatable to the people she's helped also reach a place of self-love and a feeling of being at home in one's skin. 

Lizzo's music is for the people who look and feel like her. 

"As a black woman, I make music for people, from an experience that is from a black woman ... I’m making music that hopefully makes other people feel good and helps me discover self-love. That message I want to go directly to black women, big black women, black trans women. Period," Lizzo said in the interview. While her music crosses boundaries of race and identity, the artist wants everyone to know just exactly who she is singing for. 

Now that an artist like Lizzo has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, there's no turning back. 

Even though Lizzo is as confident as ever today, she shared that it wasn't always easy to get where she is. "I wrote 'My Skin' when I was 26, so at that point, I had already gotten to a place where I’m confronting myself and I’m happy with it ... I’ve come to terms with body dysmorphia and evolved," she said. "The body-positive movement is doing the same thing. We’re growing together, and it’s growing pains, but I’m just glad that I’m attached to something so organic and alive." 

Lizzo wants to be celebrated for her music and not just for her looks. 

While the artist's persona has become synonymous with her catchy pop-rap records, first and foremost, Lizzo is a musician — and a dang good one. Lizzo's body image and message of self-love isn't just a "trend," it's how she lives every day. "I’m so much more than that. Because I actually present that, I have a whole career ... It's not a trend," she said. 

Lizzo recognized that she's not everyone's cup of tea, but everyone better get used to her. 

Lizzo also opened up in the article that she has been at the center of a few controversies, specifically on Twitter. Some she owned up to, like the time she called out a Postmates delivery driver, but in some instances, it's clear that people will just have to learn to love her. "We eventually get used to everything ... So people just gon’ have to get used to my [redacted]," she said in the interview and in her Instagram caption.

For the most part, though, Lizzo has been inspiring to so many. 

From band nerds to plus-size queens, Lizzo has brought a voice to the voiceless. While it may have been a journey to get to that place of confidence, the world is better for it. Lizzo shared her Rolling Stone images on her flute's Instagram page, Sasha Be Fluting. "U SEE THE GLO UP? THE FIRST FLUTE TO BE IN @ROLLINGSTONE," the flute's caption reads. 

Lizzo has come a long way, even in the past two years. 

Rolling Stone compared an interview from Lollapalooza in 2018 with her cover story from January 22, and it's amazing how much she's evolved. Plus, even back then, Lizzo knew she'd be a star. "When am I gonna get the cover?" Lizzo from 2018 asked. Clearly, she didn't have to wait that long.