Singer Lizzo doesn’t need anyone to hype her up because she’s got enough self-love to go around for everyone.
The Detroit native is the cover star for V Magazine‘s Summer 2019 issue to share her thoughts surrounding body positivity and self-acceptance under the lens of race, as she gears up promotion for her highly anticipated debut album, Cuz I Love You.
Fellow performer Sam Smith, who is a huge fan of the artist, interviewed the singer for the cover story.
“I love my body. No matter what angle you shoot it at … my body is just so f—ing beautiful all the time,” she told the outlet. “I may talk s— about it sometimes, but f—. She’s still a bad bitch.”
In March Lizzo broke important ground after she was featured in Playboy, making history as the first plus-sized Black woman to be featured in the magazine.
And her totality and beauty, which she unabashedly says includes her Blackness, is a source of pride and strength for her, as it should be.
“I am really just so honored to be graced with this identity,” she said. “No shade to any other shade on the planet — I just can’t relate. I just love being a black woman, even in a world where [we] are statistically the least desirable. I am still here, and I still rise.”
Lizzo said she has felt the most love from marginalized communities, as she can relate to the struggles shared within. She also said that because of her place in society as a fat, Black woman, she will continue to advocate for the voices of those who remain muted.
“I have felt excluded my entire life, from so many things. I have felt excluded from [my] blackness because I wasn’t [culturally] well-read on certain things. I feel like, because of that, I never want anyone [else] to ever feel excluded. So my movement is for everyone. It’s about inclusion. And if I am going to fight what I have been marginalized for, I am going to fight for all marginalized people.
“Also, I honestly feel like there is no such thing as straight,” she said. “Because f—k boxes; I am too big to be put in one anyway. I am a fat bitch.”