After releasing her hit single “Truth Hurts” in 2017, American singer Lizzo had received much recognition in the world of music. However, her reputation has been quite mixed amongst society, with some people describing her body as “disgusting” and even going so far as to call her a “308-pound walrus”. This reputation had been accentuated by Lizzo’s single “Juice” which she described herself as “Lit up like a crystal ball” and “The juice ain’t worth the squeeze if the juice don’t look like this”. Recently, Lizzo had finally released a TikTok video addressing these comments, which has since received 363,000 views.
“I took my clothes off to take a shower and I just had all of these negative thoughts about myself”, Lizzo explains in her TikTok. “I was flooded with thoughts like ‘What’s wrong with me’ and ‘maybe everything’. Maybe all the mean things people say about me are true. Why am I so disgusting and hating my body? Normally, I would have some positive things to say to get me out of this, but I don’t and that’s okay too. I think these are normal, they happen to everybody, they happen to the best of us. We are the best of us and I just have to know that how I feel in here (points to head) tomorrow is going to change, and I can only hope it changes for the better. I just have to know that I’m beautiful, and while I don’t feel it, I’m just going to have to get through it”.
Lizzo’s videos resonated with fans over 20,000 comments and over 6000 reposts. “We’re our toughest critics! You opened so many doors for so many women in this world. And You support us. So we support you when you need it.”, wrote one comment. “You are so dope”, wrote another. One comment describes the sheer gravity of her TikTok: “You’re frequently open and honest with us. However, instead of talking about critical thoughts this time, you’re discussing loving your body and appreciating the skin you’re in. That makes this video all of the more powerful. Rock on, girl!”.
A few hours after Lizzo posted this video, she posted another more light-hearted, shorter video. Hugging her body, she explains “I woke up feeling better. Just remember that it happens to the best of us”. While Lizzo’s TikTok videos involve body love, these videos describe the opposites. However, it reminds us that beauty and talent are on the inside, which is why Lizzo has gained such high marks. We continue to support Lizzo in these struggles of seeing herself as the wonderful woman she is, not as “that 308-pound walrus”.