Lizzo reveals she spent years feeling ‘ashamed’ and didn’t believe she was ‘desirable’

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Lizzo reveals she spent years feeling ‘ashamed’ and didn’t believe she was ‘desirable’

Lizzo has revealed that she didn't used to believe she was 'desirable' as she candidly discussed the lack of body inclusivity in the music and fashion

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Lizzo has revealed that she didn’t used to believe she was ‘desirable’ as she candidly discussed the lack of body inclusivity in the music and fashion industries.

The American singer, 34, admitted that for years she felt ‘ashamed’ and didn’t think she had the ‘qualities’ needed to be a pop star as she thought people wouldn’t want to look like her.

Although she now knows she is ‘beautiful’, she said she doesn’t want to be the ‘token big girl’ as she spoke about the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry in the September issue of ELLE UK.

Confidence: Lizzo has revealed that she didn't used to believe that she was 'desirable' as she candidly discussed the lack of body inclusivity in the industry

Confidence: Lizzo has revealed that she didn't used to believe that she was 'desirable' as she candidly discussed the lack of body inclusivity in the industry

Confidence: Lizzo has revealed that she didn’t used to believe that she was ‘desirable’ as she candidly discussed the lack of body inclusivity in the industry

Appearing as the fashion magazine’s cover star, Lizzo said she is thankful to go to photoshoots and have people make her outfits ‘from scratch’, but said ‘chic’ clothing should be widely accessible to people of all sizes.

She told the publication: ‘I don’t want to be the token big girl for the fashion world, I want to open the door.’

Lizzo also admitted that she had insecurities about her appearance when she started out as a young singer, saying every pop star she saw on stage looked different to herself.

‘Nearly every star I saw on stage was thinner and light-skinned, and they didn’t look like me,’ she said.

Career: The American singer, 34, said for years she felt 'ashamed' and didn't think she had the 'qualities' needed to be a pop star as she thought people wouldn't want to look like her

Career: The American singer, 34, said for years she felt 'ashamed' and didn't think she had the 'qualities' needed to be a pop star as she thought people wouldn't want to look like her

Career: The American singer, 34, said for years she felt ‘ashamed’ and didn’t think she had the ‘qualities’ needed to be a pop star as she thought people wouldn’t want to look like her

Lizzo cited Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah as ‘exceptions’ to the rule, but said she felt like people wouldn’t want to hear music coming from her, leading her deciding to have other people on stage with her.

Speaking about her own body confidence, Lizzo said she didn’t used to think she was ‘desirable’ in her formative years but surrounded herself with people who thought she was beautiful, and they helped her see that within herself.

‘I wasn’t really set up to believe that I was desirable, for me, being a pop star – part of it is people either want to be you or be with you,’ she added.

The rapper said although she felt years feeling ‘ashamed’, she now believes she is worthy of her successful career, saying she created her music to help her find her voice and help other people, rather than to become famous.

Lizzo went on to touch on her relationship with social media, saying she doesn’t feel like she needs social media in her life because she has a therapist and friends who she can confide in.

Body image: Although she now knows she is 'beautiful', she said she doesn't want to be the 'token big girl' as she spoke about the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry

Body image: Although she now knows she is 'beautiful', she said she doesn't want to be the 'token big girl' as she spoke about the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry

Body image: Although she now knows she is ‘beautiful’, she said she doesn’t want to be the ‘token big girl’ as she spoke about the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry

Appearing on the cover of ELLE magazine, Lizzo was the epitome of glamour as she sported an array of show-stopping ensembles.

In one sensational shot, Lizzo sported a yellow jumpsuit made up of tape with Balenciaga printed across it, while she styled her dark tresses in voluminous curls.

Another snap saw the musician lounging in a vibrant red crop top with a gold chain halter-neck, which she teamed with a matching floating maxi skirt.

She completed her elegant ensemble with a pair of black stilettos and opted for a high-glamour make-up palette as she posed up a storm.

In a final photograph, Lizzo sported a stunning blue spiked knitted dress, featuring key-hole cut-outs as she struck an incredible pose.

Pop star: Lizzo also admitted that she had insecurities about her appearance when she started out as a young singer, saying every pop star she saw on stage looked different to herself

Pop star: Lizzo also admitted that she had insecurities about her appearance when she started out as a young singer, saying every pop star she saw on stage looked different to herself

Pop star: Lizzo also admitted that she had insecurities about her appearance when she started out as a young singer, saying every pop star she saw on stage looked different to herself

Her latest comments come after Lizzo explained why she pledged $500,000 of the proceeds from her upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood.

Speaking on Monday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, she said she was ‘about’ taking action and wanted to help others.

‘I am about that action,’ she said. ‘When people need help and I have resources or can help people get resources, I’m going to do it.’ 

Concert promoter Live Nation has agreed to match Lizzo’s pledge raising the amount to $1million for Planned Parenthood from her upcoming Special tour.

Lizzo made the pledge after the US Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe v Wade. 

Tour pledge: Her latest comments come after Lizzo explained why she pledged $500,000 of the proceeds from her upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood

Tour pledge: Her latest comments come after Lizzo explained why she pledged $500,000 of the proceeds from her upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood

Tour pledge: Her latest comments come after Lizzo explained why she pledged $500,000 of the proceeds from her upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood

Show host Andy Cohen, 54, congratulated the two-time Grammy Award winner on selling out Madison Square Garden, the release of her new album Special and asked if writing hit songs was always in her DNA.

‘I’m a 100 percent that b****,’ said Lizzo who wore a black one-sleeved dress with silver stars for her visit to the Bravo clubhouse.

Lizzo also shared that she once worked as a sign spinner for Liberty Tax and at a grocery store in Colorado where she dreamed of being promoted.

‘I did work at a King Super in Aurora, Colorado,’ Lizzo said. ‘I pushed carts in the winter. One day I was like I want to get promoted and sell cigarettes and lotto and I did and now I’m on tour with Latto selling out Madison Square Garden.’

Lizzo released her fourth studio album Special last week and will embark on her Special arena tour starting in September in Sunrise, Florida. 

The September issue of ELLE UK is on sale from July 28.

Tour: Lizzo (pictured last week) released her fourth studio album Special last week and will embark on her Special arena tour starting in September in Sunrise, Florida

Tour: Lizzo (pictured last week) released her fourth studio album Special last week and will embark on her Special arena tour starting in September in Sunrise, Florida

Tour: Lizzo (pictured last week) released her fourth studio album Special last week and will embark on her Special arena tour starting in September in Sunrise, Florida

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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