Lizzo is all about celebrating her body, and this past year, she committed to making healthy lifestyle changes, including working out more, cutting back on booze, and going vegan. In February, the singer shared her progress with fans on Tiktok, posting two bikini photos taken a year apart. However, she made it clear this was anything but your traditional “transformation post.”
The side-by-side comparison shots show Lizzo wearing two similar string bikinis, one orange and one purple. “The girl on the left was working her ass off, drinking champagne every night, flying to a new city, playing shows,” Lizzo says referring to the photos. “The girl on her left has been quarantined at home, making smoothies, doesn’t drink as much, meditates, and has time to herself.”
She goes on to point out that in both photos she was happy. “Both girls are happy. That’s the most important part about a lifestyle and loving your body.”
She finished her post with a message to body shamers: “Shaming people does not make a difference. Loving people for who they are does.” This certainly isn’t the first time Lizzo has addressed those that criticize her body, and she previously opened up about struggling with confidence on stage.
In one post, Lizzo revealed she has struggled with anxiety because of self-image. “Like, you know, ‘What’s wrong with me? Maybe everything, [and] all the mean things people say about me are true.’ And, you know, ‘Why am I so disgusting?’ And [I was] hating my body.”
“Normally, I would have some positive thing to say to get me out of this, but I don’t, and that’s ok too,” she continued. “I think these are normal [thoughts and feelings] and they happen to everybody, they happen to the best of us.”
Because self-love is a journey and that is the message Lizzo wants to share with her followers. “It’s ok to change. I love every stage my body fluctuates to. The feats your body pulls off everyday to function is iconic honestly,” she wrote in a more recent Tiktok post.
The post shows clips of herself from 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and in each, she exudes confidence. “Love yourself like no one else can,” she tells her fans. And that is a powerful reminder we could all use to hear more.