Lizzo: ‘I’ve come to terms with body dysmorphia’

Lizzo has “come to terms” with her battle with body dysmorphia. The Good as Hell star, a vocal advocate of body positivity, often flaunts her curves with confidence and has no qualms about getting naked on social media. However, she has now opened …

Lizzo has “come to terms” with her battle with body dysmorphia.

The Good as Hell star, a vocal advocate of body positivity, often flaunts her curves with confidence and has no qualms about getting naked on social media.

However, she has now opened up about battling low self-esteem in her late teens and early twenties, with her turning point coming when she wrote ballad My Skin in 2015.

“I wrote My Skin when I was 26, so at that point I had already gotten to a place where I’m confronting myself and I’m happy with it,” Lizzo explained to Rolling Stone magazine, adding that the song reflected the years of work she put in to unlearn the notion that she should dislike her figure.

“I’ve come to terms with body dysmorphia and evolved,” she continued, referring to the mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. “The body-positive movement is doing the same thing. We’re growing together, and it’s growing pains, but I’m just glad that I’m attached to something so organic and alive.”

The 31-year-old has been helping change the conversation about plus-size women, but she still faces criticism. In December, she received backlash for twerking at a Los Angeles Lakers game in a dress which exposed her thong and bottom.

And while the Truth Hurts singer is happy to be part of the body positivity movement, she wants to be celebrated for her music too.

“I’m so much more than that. Because I actually present that, I have a whole career,” she stated. “It’s not a trend.”

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Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection criticised for excluding plus-size customers

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was rel…

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.

The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was released over the weekend and quickly sold out.

However, many customers were disappointed to discover that the range only went up to an XL, which translates to a U.S. size 16-18 or U.K. size 20-22, and took to social media to criticise Beyonce for using inclusivity to promote the line but not including larger sizes.

“I love Beyonce. I am a noted member of the Beyhive. It is also incredibly disappointing that a woman who has made inclusion a part of her brand willfully excluded plus-size people from her athleisure line. And this isn’t the first time,” one user wrote, referring to Beyonce’s first Ivy Park release with Topshop in 2016.

“We can love her and still say Bey is wrong for Ivy Park’s size exclusion. You can’t celebrate the inclusivity of your other projects, having plus-size dancers and background singers, but ignore us *again* when it comes to this,” another fired. “The exclusion is intentional and I’m tired.”

To promote the line, Beyonce told Elle magazine that she was making the clothing gender-neutral after realising how many men were fans of her 2016 Ivy Park release, and also sent the entire collection to an inclusive range of celebrities including Ashley Graham, Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya, and Lizzo.

On Monday night, the 38-year-old took to Instagram to thank her fans for making the new collection a success.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible human beings who stood in those long lines in the snow and rain,” she wrote. “All the beautiful people who waited in the waiting room online. All of the friends and family who took the time to film videos and dress up in the unboxing. I am humbled, grateful and proud. Y’all look so good in your IVY PARK. I love you deep. B.”

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Lizzo defiant over revealing basketball game dress

Lizzo has hit back at criticism over the revealing dress she wore at a recent Los Angeles Lakers basketball game.The Good as Hell singer wore a loose, black T-shirt dress with the back cut out to reveal her thong as she sat courtside at the Staples Cen…

Lizzo has hit back at criticism over the revealing dress she wore at a recent Los Angeles Lakers basketball game.

The Good as Hell singer wore a loose, black T-shirt dress with the back cut out to reveal her thong as she sat courtside at the Staples Center on Sunday, when the Lakers faced off against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.

She was honoured by the Lakers cheerleaders as they performed a dance routine to her smash hit Juice, and Lizzo celebrated the tribute by dancing along, before bending over to show off her provocative outfit for the cameras.

Her daring moves split opinion on social media as fans praised the star for her energy and self-confidence, while others insisted Lizzo should cover up in public.

The criticism prompted the musician to take to Instagram late on Monday to address her detractors, making it clear she couldn’t care less about their opinions.

“Who I am, and the essence of me and the things I choose to do as a grown a*s woman, can inspire you to do the same,” she defiantly posted.

“You don’t have to be like me. You need to be like you. And never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself. This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me. Negative criticism has no stake in my life.”

She continued, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been… I’m surrounded by love, and I just wanna spread that love – and also spread these cheeks. And if you really, really don’t like my a*s, you can kiss it.”

Lizzo went on to hail Rihanna as her “inspiration” by sharing video footage of the Bajan beauty dancing in a sheer gown on Twitter.

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Lizzo strips off for social media snaps

Lizzo has posed nude for a series of snaps posted on her Instagram page.The singer/rapper is quickly building up a reputation as a body positivity activist, and recently, she uploaded a photo of her bare bottom to social media in order to send a messag…

Lizzo has posed nude for a series of snaps posted on her Instagram page.

The singer/rapper is quickly building up a reputation as a body positivity activist, and recently, she uploaded a photo of her bare bottom to social media in order to send a message to her critics.

However, Lizzo took to the photo-sharing platform again on Sunday to share three images of herself lounging on a couch fully naked, with her long brunette hair carefully placed to protect her modesty.

Referencing a line from 1997 movie Titanic, the Truth Hurts star wrote in the caption, “Paint me like ya French b**ch.”

She also posted a brief video clip of herself seductively crawling toward the camera, which she captioned, “Omw (on my way) …”

Lizzo is no stranger to going naked – she also posed in her birthday suit for the cover of her 2019 album Cuz I Love You.

Previously, the 31-year-old opened up about some of her more risque photoshoots in an interview with Essence magazine, and insisted that she’s not seeking attention, but simply looking to “normalise” all body shapes and sizes.

“I’m doing this for myself,” she told the publication. “I love creating shapes with my body, and I love normalising the dimples in my butt or the lumps in my thighs or my back fat or my stretch marks. I love normalising my black-a*s elbows. I think it’s beautiful.”

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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Jennifer Lopez ‘didn’t get paid’ for her acting role in Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez has claimed she took on her role as stripper Ramona in Hustlers “for free”.The singer/actress stars in the movie as the “savage” performer, and also produced the flick, which was a box office smash over the summer and also featured Cardi…

Jennifer Lopez has claimed she took on her role as stripper Ramona in Hustlers “for free”.

The singer/actress stars in the movie as the “savage” performer, and also produced the flick, which was a box office smash over the summer and also featured Cardi B, Lizzo, Constance Wu, and Lili Reinhart.

Despite the film’s success, the Waiting For Tonight singer has now told GQ magazine as their Icon of the Year for their annual Men of the Year issue that she didn’t get paid for her involvement.

“I do things because I love them. I didn’t get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers,” she shared. “I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself. That’s the Jenny from the Block. I do what I want, I do what I love.”

Jennifer went on to explain how the financial arrangement helped her to engage with her character’s independent mindset.

“Whether she was doing great things or bad things, she was very clear about what she wanted and what her goals were. And that she could do it on her own

“For me, who grew up with my sister sleeping in the same bed, and then went from one relationship to the other, playing that character, and having to be that independent and in charge, I was just like, ‘God, this is so empowering,'” the 50-year-old mused, adding: “It was fun when I was playing it. It was scary when I was watching it.”

Elsewhere, Jennifer insisted that she’s very proud of Hustlers, calling the movie a “moment” for women everywhere.

“This is our movie where we run s**t. They know it’s all women producers, women director, women writer, all women starring in it,” she added. “And they kind of took ownership of that. We’ve been watching men take advantage of women in movies a long time. And so it was a fun kind of ride to see the tables turn.”

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Anna Wintour praises 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday ni…

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday night, with the likes of Ashley Graham, Ben Platt, and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid in attendance.

During the dinner, Christopher John Rogers was crowned the winner of the sixteenth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel and Reese Cooper named as runners-up.

“With this year’s Fashion Fund finalists, we’ve seen not only great design and talent, but a wonderful commitment to progressive and inclusive values,” said Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue. “Fashion should never be divorced from the values of the world and this year’s designers have taken that to heart.”

Rogers will receive $400,000 (£310,000), while the two runners-up walk home with $150,000 (£116,000) each. The three designers will also regularly meet with an assigned business mentor.

Winning the top prize in the prestigious competition marks a major moment in the career of Brooklyn-based Rogers. Born in Baton Rouge, the designer is quickly building up a reputation for his bold use of colour and playful silhouettes, with celebrities including Lizzo, Rihanna, Regina King, and Tracee Ellis Ross having worn his creations to events.

He follows in the footsteps of past winners such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Brock Collection, Telfar, and Pyer Moss.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to foster not only creative design talent but also an entrepreneurial spirit required in today’s changing fashion landscape,” added CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb. “This year’s finalists represent the best of American fashion’s future.”

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Mindy Kaling dresses as Brad Pitt movie character for Halloween

Mindy Kaling has dressed up as Brad Pitt’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character for Halloween.The actress took to Instagram on Thursday to share a snap of her outfitted in jeans, a Champion T-shirt with Hawaiian shirt over top, with the look complet…

Mindy Kaling has dressed up as Brad Pitt’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character for Halloween.

The actress took to Instagram on Thursday to share a snap of her outfitted in jeans, a Champion T-shirt with Hawaiian shirt over top, with the look completed with a blonde wig and Mindy carrying a toy dog. In the accompanying caption, she explained that she was inspired by Brad’s stuntman character in Quentin Tarantino’s movie.

“Call me Cliff Booth,” she wrote.

Mindy’s hilarious costume quickly garnered over 100,000 likes and praise from her celebrity friends, such as Glen Powell, who wrote, “Spot on,” and Andy Favreau, who gushed: “Holy s**t amazing.”

Other stars to get into the Halloween spirit included Jennifer Garner, who dressed as a post box, Cardi B, who transformed into Poison Ivy for the night, and Bella Hadid, who opted to go as a sexy Fred Flintstone.

Heidi Klum went all out for her annual Halloween party and transformed into a gruesome alien, while Georgia Fowler channelled Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka dressed as the Olsen twins, Mariah Carey as a glam rocker, and Halima Aden as Maleficent.

Elsewhere, new couple Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson went as Perri Lister and Billy Idol, Lizzo dressed as a DNA test in reference to the lyric “100 per cent that b**ch” in her single Truth Hurts, and Normani went all out as Cher circa 1979.

Of course, the Kardashians got into the action too, with Kim Kardashian copying Reese Witherspoon’s iconic looks as Elle Woods in hit movie Legally Blonde, Khloe dressing as Cruella de Vil, and Kourtney partying the night away in a cowgirl ensemble.

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Lizzo credits positive mindset with her success

Lizzo believes her music career took off once she started thinking positively about herself.The 31-year-old has been vocal about her continuing journey to self-acceptance and is a champion for body positivity. Lizzo had released two albums – Lizzobang…

Lizzo believes her music career took off once she started thinking positively about herself.

The 31-year-old has been vocal about her continuing journey to self-acceptance and is a champion for body positivity.

Lizzo had released two albums – Lizzobangers and Big Grrrl Small World – and despite their critical acclaim, she was not well known until she released her party anthem Juice last year, which was the lead single from her hit third album, Cuz I Love You.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the singer added that her success has come from a positive mindset and refusing to think negatively.

Lizzo shared her mantra: “I love you…You are beautiful… And you can do anything,” and revealed that she regularly tells herself her career has taken off because of talent and hard work.

She has been open about her struggles to fully accept her plus-sized figure but said she’s finally starting to dispel criticism about her body.

“It’s not something that you really change; it’s something that you address and work on,” she said of her self-confidence. “I had to address every layer of insecurity, ’cause I can’t just be like, ‘Alright, my arm’s not jiggly and lumpy anymore.’ That’s delusional. You have to be like, ‘That’s not ugly to me anymore. and it’s not wrong to me, it’s beautiful to me.'”

And she hopes there are more artists like her that will be inspired to release music and put themselves out there.

“Hopefully by existing, there can just be more opportunities for people that look like me that are, you know, beyond what a trend is. And that they’re there on the merit of their talent. They’re there on the merit of their beauty. And they’re there because they’re good enough,” Lizzo shared.

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Lizzo eyeing up clothing line

Lizzo has set her sights on making a foray into the fashion business. During a recent Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Juice hitmaker shared that she has been enjoying experimenting with different looks since finding success and wants a fashi…

Lizzo has set her sights on making a foray into the fashion business.

During a recent Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Juice hitmaker shared that she has been enjoying experimenting with different looks since finding success and wants a fashion line to channel that energy.

“That’s my thing I feel like a f**king princess lately. Now, I love to play with shapes… I love it, I need a clothing line,” she shared, adding that the public are still hung up about her figure. “Don’t ask me what size I am… it is my size.”

The singer/rapper has seen a shift in the way the fashion industry accepts women with fuller figures in recent years, a far cry from the days she would borrow men’s clothes because she didn’t feel comfortable with the selection of outfits available.

“I would borrow guys’ clothes and wear flannel,” she commented. “I’ve learned a lot from my team. Like, look at Diana Ross … look at Cher, and I now say, ‘Yeah, let’s do that s**t!'”

Lizzo now takes more pride in her outfit choices, quipping: “I want Kate Moss to look at me and say, ‘Damn, where you got that dress?'”

Previously, the 31-year-old opened up about her work in promoting body positivity and noted that she finds it odd when people label her as “brave” for loving and embracing her figure.

“When people look at my body and be like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so brave,’ it’s like, ‘No I’m not.’ I’m just fine. I’m just me. I’m just sexy,” she shared in a chat with U.S. Glamour magazine. “I don’t like it when people think it’s hard for me to see myself as beautiful. I don’t like it when people are shocked that I’m doing it.”

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