Lizzo bares all, inspires fans with unedited selfie: ‘How I do it au natural’

Megan Sims
·3-min read

Lizzo is baring it all on social media.

On Tuesday the 32-year-old singer shared a revealing and unedited selfie that showed her sitting gracefully as she held a coffee mug. The photo was a part of her recent partnership with Dove, which announced their new "The Selfie Talk" campaign Tuesday. 

"WELCOME TO TAURUS SEASON. To celebrate I wanna give y’all this unedited selfie.. now normally I would fix my belly and smooth my skin but baby I wanted show u how I do it au natural — I am excited to be partnering with @dove and the #DoveSelfEsteemProject which is helping to reverse the negative effects of social media and changing the conversation about beauty standards. Let’s get real y’all," she captioned the post.

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Celebrity friends and fans took to the comments to not only share how much they love the pic, but also praising the star for her authenticity.

"It’s you having no blemishes at ALL lol .. sigh I jus admire u Fren I wanna drop the FaceTime pics," SZA wrote.

Both Marc Jacobs and Tamar Braxton expressed their love for the picture using heart emojis.

"LOVE THE VULNERABILITY AND LOVE YOU," one fan said.

"OH SNAP YAS QWUEEN!!" someone else continued.

"This is so empowering and I'm literally crying because seeing this feels so good," another person added.

Dove's goal with its latest campaign is to transform social media into a more positive and empowering place. This was inspired by a new Dove Self-Esteem Project study, which found that by age 13, 80 percent of girls have edited their photos before posting them, according to the brand's press release. 

Dove also released a short film titled "Reverse Selfie" that encourages parents and adults to talk with kids about retouching apps and the pressure to post.

It is not surprising that Dove tapped Lizzo to be a partner on this project as Lizzo is a powerful body positivity — or, as she calls it, body-normative — advocate.

“I think it’s lazy for me to just say ‘I’m body positive’ at this point,” she told Vogue. “It’s easy. I would like to be body-normative. I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body-positive.’ No, being fat is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here. We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?” 

But the artist struggles too and is just as open about that. 

"I came home and I took my clothes off to take a shower and I just started having all of these really negative thoughts about myself,” she said on TikTok. “Like ‘What’s wrong with me? Maybe everything. All the mean things people say about me are true.’ And, ‘Why am I so disgusting?’ And hating my body. Normally, I would have some positive thing to say to get me out of this, but I don’t, and that’s OK too. I think these are normal [thoughts]. They happen to everybody. They happen to the best of us. We are the best of us, and I just have to know that tomorrow how I feel in here,” pointing to her head, “is gonna change. And I can only hope that it changes for the better. But I know I’m beautiful, I just don’t feel it. But I know I’m gonna get through it.”

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