Of all the bad habits that traditional fashion magazines still can’t seem to shake, the most egregious is zooming in on a plus-size cover star’s body to show just her face.
Shot by Hype Williams (his first cover for American Vogue), she modelled a slew of designer duds by Moschino, Gucci and LaQuan Smith in the feature. In the interview, written by Claudia Rankine, Lizzo waxed poetic about the appropriation of the body-positive movement, something we see all too often these days in media and, yes, fashion magazines. But she is quick to point out that we all have a place in the movement ― so long as we’re truly holding space for everyone.
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“It’s commercialised,” she said. “Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative. What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it. Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club. They need to be benefiting from ... the mainstream effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets—you know, it gets made acceptable.”