Lizzo is having an unbelievable year. “Rising star” doesn’t even begin to describe her career trajectory–she’s more like a fireworks show on the fourth of July.
She has eight grammy nominations, she was Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, and now, she’s landed the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. And as the woman who twerked in a see-through t-shirt dress at a Lakers game and made a brand out of embracing her body would, she did the photoshoot almost completely nude.
But Lizzo wasn’t always so confident, she reveals to Rolling Stone. She put in a lot of hard work to not only be a successful musician, but a self-loving human.
In her interview, Lizzo discusses her early days in music collaborating with other women. One friend she rapped with in her early twenties seemed better-suited for stardom, Lizzo recalls.
“I always thought she was the more special one ’cause she was thinner than me, and the boys liked her and stuff.”
She also remembers back in 2007 when she was 19 and with a bad boyfriend. “I remember he was like, ‘I’m a little guy. I need a little girl.'” Lizzo admits that she wanted to look like Zooey Deschanel, but she couldn’t “just wake up and be a white girl.”
Lizzo couldn’t just wake up and be a white girl just like other girls can’t just wake up and be whoever it is they consider “ideal:” Instagram influencers, models, movie stars.
That might be why Lizzo’s music, the result of her coming to terms with her own unique beauty and power, is so inspiring to so many women. She understands what it’s like to feel like your body and your spirit isn’t good enough.
She has the most Grammy nominations of any artist this year. Her songs are dominating the charts. And she’s found confidence that began after her first heartbreak with that rude boyfriend from so long ago.
“As f*cked up as it sounds,” she tells Rolling Stone, “I needed that heartbreak experience. I’m not sad, because I use the pain so constructively. It’s inevitable. The pain is human experience.”
Watch the Grammys on January 26, 2020 to see how many awards Lizzo wins out of her many nominations: