The rise of Lizzo

An advocate for body and sex positivity, big girl power, and feminism, Lizzo is also an advocate for the LGBT community.

Life + Leisure Music Koelen Andrews

This article was published on September 2nd, 2019

It’s a rare feat these days going from being someone virtually unknown to having the former President post about you in a matter of only a few years. But that is a feat singer, rapper, flautist, and all-around badass diva Lizzo accomplished recently, when former US President Barack Obama tweeted his and wife Michelle’s summer playlist, including the Lizzo track “Juice” as their #6 song of the summer. Lizzo, has risen.

There is much to love about Lizzo. An advocate for body and sex positivity, big girl power, and feminism, Lizzo is also an advocate for the LGBT community, and, in an interview earlier this year with Variety, she said “I, of course, lean heterosexual. I think that penis is incredible. You can agree?! But I also think it’s unfair to the human existence to limit the spectrum of what you’re capable of sexually.”

Her tune was a little less heterosexual when she spoke to Billboard about her sexuality: “When it comes to sexuality or gender, I personally don’t ascribe to just one thing. I cannot sit here right now and tell you I’m just one thing. That’s why the colors for LGBTQ+ are a rainbow! Because there’s a spectrum, and right now we try to keep it black and white. That’s just not working for me.”

Lizzo isn’t all just talk. She headlined one of WorldPride New York’s spots in Time Square, was a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and pushed to make sure her concerts are safe, inclusive spaces “for everyone, especially marginalized people, more specifically the LGBTQIA+ community,” she also told Variety. An avid pride and Kylie Minogue fan, in a matter of only a few years, Lizzo has gone from virtually an unknown to nearly gay icon status—a feat worth celebrating.

To solidify herself as the new goddess gays should be paying attention to, she began calling her super fans “Lizzbians”—something we all can stan Lizzo for! If you didn’t see her recent BET Awards performance of “Truth Hurts” (Her single that just went platinum this summer) a few months ago, you’re missing one of the single greatest live performances of the decade. Complete with Lizzo as the top of a wedding cake and eventually twerking while playing her flute in the middle of her song. Epicness comes to mind as she received a standing ovation for the performance.

Lizzo, is everywhere. We know Lizzo for her catchy AF hits like “Good as Hell” (just featured in the Brittany Runs a Marathon soundtrack), the slaytastic, put-shady-ass-men-in-their-place mega hit “Truth Hurts”, her revamped version of the Bee-gee’s hit “Staying Alive”, the Obama’s fave “Juice”, “Boys”, “‘Scuse Me”, and “Cuz I Love You”. But the star has recently teamed up with hiphop legend Missy Elliot (who dropped her first album in 14 years just days ago) for the Lizzo track “Tempo”.

Lizzo’s film debut is nearly here as the movie Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B is coming out in September. She is a voice over actress on the film UglyDolls, performed at Coachella and Glastonbury, and has been nominated as Best New Artist by multiple award shows.

Currently, it seems, the magic of Lizzo (and her flute Sasha Flute) is unstoppable. Her messages of hope, love, respect, and body positive are a welcome change from a world seemingly in chaos. After all, it’s not Lizzo’s fault that she’s out there getting loose and out here making news…it’s her JUICE.

What’s your favorite Lizzo track, Lizzbians?

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