The reigning queen of physique positivity celebrated her put up as ambassador for Dove’s marketing campaign to make social media a extra constructive, accepting place with — what else? — a fantastically unedited selfie.
If there was anybody that Dove was going to faucet to assist them deal with the self-esteem-destroying darkish aspect of social media, it needed to be Lizzo, reigning queen of the type of content material that, effectively, makes you’re feeling good as hell. Simply take the latest unedited Lizzo selfie.
“I’ve nothing to cover,” the 32-year-old singer, flautist and newly-minted Dove ambassador shared throughout a media occasion on April 20. “There’s no disgrace. I simply put up myself. Take me as I’m. You’re gonna have to like me.”
Hosted by Dr. Brené Brown (proper?!), yesterday’s dwell stream celebrated Lizzo joining the brand’s Self-Esteem Project, launched in 2004 to present folks the instruments to create wholesome physique picture. This explicit iteration of the marketing campaign is setting its sights on social media and the ways in which looking at pictures of “stunning” folks all day (most of that are doctored and filtered past perception) can erode our sense of self-worth.
Or as Lizzo put it yesterday: “There’s a totally unrealistic commonplace to your face and physique now. There’s one thing actually harmful about that.” That’s why she’s partnering with Dove to encourage dad and mom to have the “selfie discuss” with their youngsters, digital natives who may not have the ability to inform the true from the distorted. “It’s actually inspiring to see how persons are taking their identification and their magnificence into their very own arms,” she stated in an announcement that ran with the announcement. “Nevertheless, persons are fighting their self-image and self-confidence greater than ever…It’s occurring to younger folks in all places, so let’s discuss it.”
And whereas she’s an icon of physique celebration nowadays, Lizzo shared that her personal journey started in a darkish, “scary” place. “After I was a teen, I bear in mind waking up and eager to be another person, change my physique, my hair texture, the color of my pores and skin,” she recalled, including that within the early 2000s, the filters that exist at present weren’t round. “That feeling was already there,” she continued. “It scares me that now there are instruments that money in on these insecurities. They feed the monster.”
Flipping that change from self-loathing to self-embracing was, as she phrased it, “literal survival. I believed, ‘If I’m going to proceed dwelling on this physique, I’ve to discover a option to like myself.” A key turning level in that was re-thinking the folks she adopted on social media. “Every thing modified after I began following individuals who seemed like me,” Lizzo stated. “I used to observe individuals who had been society’s magnificence commonplace, and whereas they’re stunning, them I felt I wanted to alter my look.” When she chanced on Gabi Fresh, an OG physique positivity influencer, Lizzo remembers how excited she felt. “She seemed like me, and i assumed she was stunning and horny — and she or he was in a bikini!” In a beautiful case of paying-it-forward, Lizzo is now that particular person for therefore many people too.
“You possibly can curate your feed so it’s a spot of pleasure that caters to your psychological well being,” she stated.
And a reminder: Her physique (and yours, if you need) will not be a political assertion: “Not solely is that this physique fats and this body positive, however this physique’s regular. Whenever you see it, hold it pushin’ and hold the identical power as once you see another physique,” she continued. “Whenever you see it, simply don’t say something.” We’ll double-tap that, all day lengthy.