Melissa Viviane Jefferson, American singer better known as Lizzo, says she is now happy with her body size after struggling with dysmorphia for years.
Dysmorphia is a kind of mental disorder characterized by the obsessive idea that some aspect of one’s own body part or appearance is severely flawed. Victims of such disorder are often forced to hide or fix the perceived flawed part of their body.
The eight time Grammy nominee has often come under criticism for her plum-sized figure.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, a US magazine, the 31-year-old rapper disclosed that after many years of struggle with her body size, she has managed to overcome it.
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“I’ve come to terms with body dysmorphia and evolved,” she said.
“The body-positive movement is doing the same thing. We’re growing together, and it’s growing pains, but I’m just glad that I’m attached to something so organic and alive.”
The award-winning singer said she desired to be known for her musical career, not her body size.
“I’m so much more than that. Because I actually present that, I have a whole career. It’s not a trend,” she said.
Lizzo said that her journey to overcoming her seemingly obese figure began in 2015, when she dropped ‘My Skin,’ after which she started to love herself.
“I wrote ‘My Skin’ when I was 26, so at that point I had already gotten to a place where I’m confronting myself and I’m happy with it,” she said.
The singer also addressed criticism that she makes “music for white people”.
“As a Black woman, I make music for people, from an experience that is from a Black woman,” she said.
“I’m making music that hopefully makes other people feel good and helps me discover self-love. That message I want to go directly to Black women, big Black women, Black trans women. Period.”
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