Lizzo is serving us Black queen realness as she’s featured in the Spring 2019 “Speech” issue of Playboy Magazine.
With her dazzling beauty and enigmatic personality, it only makes sense that she grace us with her presence. But as we know, the road to inclusivity in the media only allows for a certain body type and hue.
Lizzo’s photos help to stomp out the crack in the barrier that held back women who have been wrongly labeled as “unconventionally beautiful,” back.
“Playboy did feature one type of woman for a long-ass time,” the Detroit native told The Glow-Up. “Big-ass titties … and a flat stomach, and light skin. So, it’s kind of cool to be a big, brown girl in Playboy.”
The singer’s appearance in the magazine breaks through many ceilings: she’s the only plus-sized woman to be featured in the spread, making her the first Black, plus sized woman to appear in the magazine. The magazine previously featured plus-size model Molly Constable in 2017.
In the interview Lizzo lays out how she navigates the pressures of living in the spotlight in a fat, black body ahead of her album release Cuz I Love You which drops on April 19.
Lizzo is featured alongside rappers Nas, Travis Scott and singer Jorja Smith. Lizzo gave herself love and shared a few flicks from the spread to her followers on social media.
“IN MAGAZINES EVERYWHERE! BEIN FAT BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL EVERYWHERE WHO GON CHECK ME BOO?!” she wrote.
And while she enjoys her rise to the top, she cautions against anyone making her the face of a fleeting moment.
“The important thing is making sure this shit doesn’t become a trend. We gotta be undeniable. We gotta fix ourselves in the culture so that we’re unshakable,” she told Playboy. “Body positivity has to be mainstream.”
Lizzo continues to ride the wave this week and released her recent collaboration “Tempo” with none other than Missy THE Elliott on Wednesday.
May we all flourish as plentifully as Lizzo. Ashe.