Lizzo
photo: LIZZO MUSIC/YOUTUBE

One of the hardest parts of growing up plus-size was never seeing people my size be acknowledged as beautiful by the media and my peers. 

Bodies like mine were either the butt of a joke or the "before" picture. That really stuck with me and made me feel like my body a) couldn't be taken seriously, and b) was a constant work in progress. 

One of the reasons I became a style blogger was to show young girls like me that you can live a successful and happy life regardless of your size. Whenever I see anyone that resembles my body shape in the media, I become obsessed. Today, that obsession is plus-size artist Lizzo

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When I saw Lizzo showing off her VBO on the red carpet, I was instantly less ashamed of mine.

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(VBO = visible belly outline) 

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She reminds me that bodies like mine deserve a moment in the spotlight, too.

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The fact that her New Year's resolution has nothing to do with her weight...

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... thank you, just thank you, Lizzo. 

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That time she taught me to never listen to "they."

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Believing in yourself is key.

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And that every body is a beach body.

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Each body-positive song she writes is even more flawless than the last.

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She's my Rihanna.

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She inspires me to feel good about my body at ALL times...

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...whether I'm wearing few clothes or none at all.

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Never forget — Lizzo assembled the greatest plus-size squad of all time.

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When she taught me that our bodies in movement are pure magic.

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Over...

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...and over again.

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SLAY QUEEN, SLAY!

photo: LizzoMusic/Youtube