Lizzo Reminds Us That 'Big Women' Started the Body Positive Movement

Lizzo has always been candid about her struggles with body image and — just as she’s taken on body-shamers in the past — she’s calling out how the body positive movement has left behind the very people that began it all. 

On Thursday, Lizzo responded to a TikTok video in which user @sheismarissamatthews addressed a comment that “everyone has time to lose weight.” @sheismarissamatthews replied, saying, “I really don’t understand why I can’t just exist in my body. Just let me f**king exist in my body!”

In her answering video, the “Juice” singer noted that the problem stems from the body positive movement being “co-opted” to represent all bodies rather than the marginalized people who began it. As media has begun celebrating all sizes, including “medium and small girls and people who occasionally get rolls,” Lizzo pointed out that the influx of attention has meant that “fat people are still getting the short end of this movement.” 

“We’re still getting sh*t on — we’re still getting talked about, memed, shamed — and no one cares anymore because it’s like, ‘Body positivity is for everybody,'” she said. “The people who created this movement — big women, big Brown and Black women, queer women — are not benefiting from the mainstream success of it.”

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