Lizzo’s latest Instagram post on accepting her own body and encouraging others to do the same has drawn an overwhelming amount of support from her followers.
“Your body is perfectly yours even if it ain’t perfect to anybody else,” she says. “If you only knew the complexities your body possesses, you would be so proud of it. I’m so proud of you for making it this far in a society that gives us a head-start into self-loathing, that hands us a dysmorphic mirror and leaves us desperate to catch up with who we think we should be.”
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Lizzo then went on to talk about her own experience.
“I’ve spent so much time in this body, and I am no different than you,” she says. “Still struggling to find balance, still trying to mend my relationship with food, anxiety, my back fat. It gets easier. I’ve spent my hardest days trying to love me.”
The artist then shared some advice with her followers.
“If I have any advice, it is to eat, drink, move, rest,” she says. “Your job is to grow. Your job is to figure it out along the way regardless of what I or any so-called ‘expert’ says. You love you, and I hope you remember that.”
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The singer’s message has since gone viral, receiving well over a million likes and nearly 25,000 comments.
“This went straight to my soul and it’s gonna stay there,” one person wrote.
“Yes, you just made me love myself even more,” another commented.
“Nah this got me,” a third posted in response. “You have no idea how loved you are. Thank you for helping pave the road.”
Lizzo has long used her celebrity to encourage people — especially those within the Black community — to accept their bodies. As In The Know previously noted in July, diet culture often discriminates against Black bodies — dehumanizing them and tying their health to “cultural deficits.”
“I would like to be body-normative,” Lizzo once told Vogue in an October interview. “I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal.”
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