Lizzo captured attention, both for her music, her friends, and how she has refused to conform to current body standards. Fans frequently applaud her attitude, proudly boasting about she lives life unapologetically. It turns out that Lizzo isn’t crazy about the word unapologetic. Here’s why Lizzo doesn’t want you referring to her as so.
Lizzo’s thoughts on being unapologetic
When most fans say that Lizzo is unapologetic, they mean it as a compliment. They love how she embraces both her inner and outer self and doesn’t care what her critics have to say.
While it’s likely that Lizzo admires the sentiment, the word, unapologetic, bothers her. She feels there is a troubling undertone to the word that sends the wrong message.
In a 2019 interview for Essence, Lizzo explained why she doesn’t care to be thought of as unapologetic.
“I made a decision to be myself because I knew I had no choice,” said the talented rapper. “Sometimes the label ‘unapologetic’ bothers me because it can be loaded, because it means we have to apologize for something in the first place. I’m not ignorant to the fact that we had to have a demeanor of lowering ourselves culturally just to exist. But I’m trying to shake up the narrative about how we’re supposed to act.”
Lizzo’s rise to fame
Many assume that Lizzo shot to fame. Many fans were first introduced to Lizzo in 2019 and fell hard for her vibrancy, cockiness, and music. While it seems like Lizzo was one of those stars who enjoyed a meteoric rise, she wasn’t.
She isn’t shy about sharing the fact that it took several long years on the road. During that time she frequently performed for thin crowds, faced harsh criticism, lived in her car, and struggled to stretch every single penny. Unlike some stars who like to pretend that the hard times never happened, Lizzo embraces the memories and admits that the days of living hand to foot helped shape her into both the musician and person she is today.
Instead of following in the footsteps of celebrities who gloss over the difficulties they faced by saying they always knew they’d make it, Lizzo admits that there were times when she considered throwing in the towel.
What Lizzo is teaching young adults
The world could use a few more stars like Lizzo. The realistic manner the star approaches life combined with her obvious joy for life does wonders to show young women that being happy and loving life doesn’t require conforming to society’s standards.
One of the most important things that Lizzo is teaching young women is that self-love is the key to true happiness. Lizzo loves herself exactly how she is and is steadily helping every single one of her fans do the same thing.
While Lizzo is a role model, she understands that while young women look up to her, she doesn’t have to change her ways. It’s not uncommon for celebrities to become more modest or to hide certain aspects of themselves from the public in an effort to appear more acceptable to parents.
Lizzo freely speaks about the negative parts of her life and in doing so is helping today’s young women realize that they can and will face challenges and that they already have to tools needed to handle adversity.
Lizzo is a star who is changing lives while remaining true to herself.
In addition to living her life to the fullest, Lizzo is dedicated to using her music to send a message to both men and women. Body positivity and self-love is a theme that runs through many of her songs. When you stop and think about it, the world could use a few more role models who live life to the fullest, refuse to apologize for being true to themselves, and use their talent to help young women realize their full potential.