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Lizzo is one of the most popular musical artists in the world, a three-time Grammy Award winner, and a world-class flute player. She is also a body-positivity inspiration for many people across the world.

Following her rise to stardom in 2019, Lizzo has used her platform to encourage people to be comfortable with their bodies and proud of the way they look. She understands just how difficult this can be for, especially for many women, as she has struggled with online haters and her own body dysmorphia issues. 

Who is Lizzo? 

Lizzo visits "The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show."
Lizzo | Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Born Melissa Viviane Jefferson in Detroit Michigan, Lizzo grew up hoping to become a world-famous singer. She grew up in Houston, Texas, and fell in love with hip-hop, r&b, and gospel music, which she combined into her unique musical style.

Her first release Lizzobangers was only moderately successful, and Lizzo considered giving up on her dream. Luckily for her fans, she didn’t, and after many years of hard work and struggle, the 32-year-old artist has realized her dream and has become one of the biggest stars in music.

Lizzo’s rise to fame came due to the popularity of her latest album, Cuz I Love You. The album included hits such as Good As Hell, Juice, and one of the biggest singles of 2019, Truth Hurts. The anthem was technically released in 2017 but exploded into the mainstream two years later.

These hits helped Lizzo many accolades, and the album was beloved by fans and critics alike. Lizzo has also recently started her acting career with an appearance in the Jennifer Lopez led film Hustlerswhich also features cameos from fellow musicians Cardi B and Usher.

Lizzo has already risen to great heights in her career, and she is sure to continue to go nowhere but up. 

Exactly how Lizzo feels without makeup 

Following her rise to stardom, Lizzo set out on her headlining “Cuz I Love You” tour. Touring the country can be an amazing experience for an artist like Lizzo, but it can also take an emotional toll, as well as a warped sense of self-image.

Lizzo had to be in full wardrobe and makeup nearly every night, which was difficult on her sense of self-image. So much so that the singer began to see herself in a completely different way. During an interview for People magazine’s Beauties of the Year issue, the singer recounted how her self-perception changed when she saw herself without makeup.

After being on the road for months, Lizzo began to see herself as “ugly” when she was not in full makeup. Lizzo said that she became “addicted” to seeing herself in makeup, which came as a surprise because she is used to going for days without wearing any.

She said: “I think I’ve been in makeup every single day of my life for the last six months. We get addicted to seeing ourselves really dolled up. I had a few days off in Brazil back in February where I wasn’t in makeup and I remember being like, ‘Yo why am I so ugly to myself right now?”

Lizzo added: “It’s because I got addicted, used to seeing my face with contour. I never thought that would happen because I’m such an earthy bitch, I can go days without makeup!’”

Now, because of the coronavirus quarantine, everything has changed. Lizzo said she has enjoyed her time in quarantine because she has seen people enjoying their natural beauty, without being all “glammed” up. 

Why Lizzo is a body positivity icon

Lizzo is always spreading a message of positivity, as she encourages her fans to see themselves as the beautiful people that she knows they are. She understands that women are held to an unrealistic beauty standard and that this can lead to self-image and body issues.

Lizzo has had her own struggles with body dysmorphia and self-image. One of the ways Lizzo hopes to change these standards is by seeing more diversity and body types represented in the media.

During her time in the public eye, Lizzo has been unfairly scrutinized for her appearance, but Lizzo doesn’t let the hate get to her anymore. The Truth Hurts singer has even been called out by other celebrities, such as Jillian Michaels, but Lizzo doesn’t let it get her down. She is consistently preaching the power of self-love and acceptance for herself and others.