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Lizzo has something to say to designers who overlook plus-size people! 

The musician is known and loved for serving body, face, and lots of body-positive inspiration through her music and her Instagram account. One scroll through her social feed and the message about defying beauty standards, tapping into your sensuality, and loving yourself is unmistakably clear. 

The singer is also adamant about blessing the world with at least a belfie or a twerk video every few days. With her varying skills as a vocalist, rapper, flute player, and a master twerker, Lizzo is undeniably fabulous at living her life out loud. She also adamantly encourages other people to live in their bodies with that same amount of freedom, no matter what society says about it. 

It's only appropriate that Lizzo would score the March digital cover of Allure magazine

Lizzo got super glam for the cover shoot, but her talk with Allure was more about her journey to self-acceptance and body positivity. She has especially strong opinions about designers who exclude her from the sizing chart. 

"If you’re not making clothes for me, and if you don’t want to make clothes for me, I don’t want to wear your [designs],” she told the magazine. “I look good in other [things] anyway. But call me if you want to dress me. If you want to change the game and dress a fat body, call me.”

We stan an unapologetic queen! Lizzo also isn't the only curvy celebrity who has been excluded by designers. It's a sad yet routine thing that happens in the fashion industry.

In January, singer Bebe Rexha, who is a size 8, called out fashion designers who refused to dress her for the Grammys because she isn't a "runway size."

"So I finally get nominated at the Grammys, and it’s like the coolest thing ever," Rexha said in an Instagram video. 

"And a lot of times artists will go and talk to designers, and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet, right? Like, you go to any big designer. So I had my team hit out a lot of designers, and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big. Literally, like, I’m too big..."

Rexha also captioned her video with a note that ends with, "Anddddd my size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys."

Like Rexha, Lizzo is all about turning away from anyone who would dare turn her away because of her size and is instead embracing those who embrace her back.

She has partnered with Lane Bryant for the This Body campaign. She's styled by Brooke Candy, who dresses her in ways that make her feel sexy and confident (not matronly). Lastly, she seeks out designers who get her style and can design with her curves in mind. 

Case in point, this vibrant rainbow ensemble Lizzo wore to a Pier 97 show during New York City's Pride weekend in June 2018. 

Lizzo specifically sought out this Disgrace NY look designed by Grace Insogna. The rainbow bodysuit and matching coat were the first plus-size outfit to hit a runway at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

"It's possible that my interest in fashion was inherited from my grandmother — an expert seamstress and pattern-maker," Insogna told Paper magazine. "I want to continue her legacy and create garments for all body types, abilities, and genders."

Of course, Insogna is just the kind of designer Lizzo goes for. She commented on the Instagram photo with a simple, "I need this." 

Making sure she works with inclusive designers isn't the only way that Lizzo defies limiting standards of beauty. She's also made a firm decision about what she'd do with her hair from now on. 

“I wear black hair,” she told Allure. “I don’t wear any other kind of hair anymore. I think it’s really important as a black woman to do that because black women representing black things makes a bigger mark. We’re going to represent for us, by us.”

By only wearing "black hair," Lizzo doesn't mean that she'll never wear wigs or extensions. Instead, Lizzo is specifically seeking out textured hair — even when it's a long, straight style.

To further explain, this means that even the straight styles she wears will be done with a texture that is not European. For example, her hairstyle in the Allure shoot was done with textured hair that had been straightened. It still appears like how a black person's hair looks when it is straightened, not like how the straight hair of a white person would look.

Lizzo revealed that the purpose of her wanting to shy away from a European look is because of the years she spent ashamed of her own hair. 

“My brother, my sister, my mother, and father — they all had completely different hair textures, and they [were] all softer than mine,” she told Allure. “My mom had really long hair that she always pressed out. My dad had a long ponytail, wavy hair.”

Lizzo began wearing straighter weaves and wigs to achieve the texture she felt was more acceptable.

Now Lizzo is all about experimenting with her hair in an authentic way. 

“I still get to play in the playground,” she told Allure. “But now I'm playing in my own playing field. I'm not dippin' in the other people's sh**.”

That sounds like a beautiful plan to me!

Lizzo also wants the world to know that she isn't this self-aware about her hair and body because it's currently on trend. 

“The body-positive movement is the body-positive movement, and we high five. We're parallel. But my movement is my movement,” Lizzo shared with Allure

“When all the dust has settled on the groundbreaking-ness, I’m going to still be doing this. I’m not going to suddenly change. I’m going to still be telling my life story through music. And if that’s body positive to you, amen. That’s feminist to you, amen. If that’s pro-black to you, amen. Because ma’am, I’m all of those things.”

Translation: Lizzo is going to be Lizzo, and it doesn't matter what the industry deems beautiful or OK. For more of that message, check out her recently released video for "Juice."

As usual, Lizzo is giving us curves. She's giving us face. She's giving us dance moves and great music. And the most beautiful part about it is she doesn't care who likes it or who doesn't.