“I take self-love very seriously because when I was younger, I wanted to change everything about myself,” lizzo told ELLE. “I was told I wasn’t lovable by the media...by lack of representation.” ELLEWIM
The rapper-singer on embracing her demons and prioritizing self-love., her Atlantic Records debut EP, in 2016. All three were well-reviewed; Coconut Oil even climbed onto the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. But she wasn’t yet the worldwide sensation we know now. Cape, Moschino Couture. Dress, Baja East. Tiara, earrings, ring , all , Cartier. Slingbacks, Giuseppe Zanotti. Yvan Fabing Then came Cuz I Love You , a genre-defying album that could double as both the female-empowerment playlist for your next girls’ night out and the cathartic soundtrack to your next breakup. “My songs feel happy, but they come from a sad or frustrated place,” she says. “My songs are always the silver lining or the ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ moments.” That’s especially true of “Soulmate,” “Truth Hurts,” and “Crybaby,” all three of which she either wrote or recorded through tears. “Those songs are actual anecdotes, like real stories about real moments in time. ‘Pull this car over, babe’—that is something that happened to me. ‘New man on the Minnesota Vikings’—that happened to me. ‘Old me used to love a Gemini’—that happened!” Dress, Michael Kors Collection. Earrings, necklace, ring, all, Tiffany & Co. Sandals, Giuseppe Zanotti. Yvan Fabing Letting herself be that exposed and vulnerable wasn’t always easy. “I was the worst communicator, emotionally, when I was younger,” she explains. “I would stop talking to my family; I would stop talking to my friends. I would go deeper and deeper into that dark place, and the deeper I went, the harder it was to reach out of it.” It took her a lot of time and effort to change that, but now she prides herself on being vocal about how she feels. She even opened up about her mental well-being on Instagram back in June. “I’m depressed and there’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts,” she wrote. Her fans quickly flooded the comments with messages of love and support, thanking her for speaking up and letting her know she wasn’t alone. The next day, she returned: “I learned in the last 24 hours that being emotionally honest can save your life. Reaching out may be hard, but as soon as I did it, I was immediately covered in love.” Lizzo Takes Over Spotify's TGIF Playlist Reflecting on that a few weeks later, she says that learning how to communicate her feelings has been “revolutionary” in her life. “You realize that people truly care about you and they’ll help you, and they don’t mind helping you.” Now when she feels down, she tells someone (or a lot of someones). “Being in those places is inevitable for me; I’m going to end up there again,” she adds. “But the fact that I’m prepared now to go to those places—and I have a toolbox, and I know I can pull myself out—is really helpful to me in my mental health journey.” Bodysuit, Alexander Wang. Headpiece, Gucci. Earrings, De Beers. Yvan Fabing Also helpful: regular self-care, which goes hand in hand with her message of self-love. She’s become something of an icon for the latter, but as with her success as an artist, those feelings of confidence and empowerment are hard-earned. “I take self-love very seriously. And I take it seriously because when I was younger, I wanted to change everything about myself,” she says. “I didn’t love who I was. And the reason I didn’t love who I was is because I was told I wasn’t lovable by the media, by [people at] school, by not seeing myself in beauty ads, by not seeing myself in television...by lack of representation. My self-hatred got so bad that I was fantasizing about being other people. But you can’t live your life trying to be somebody else. What’s the point?” These days, Lizzo is happy to live life as herself. She’s busy touring and working on new music for 2020, but also trying to take time to enjoy her success so far. On the road, that means being present in each moment as it happens. So when she’s onstage and a crowd is chanting her name, for example, she can feel every syllable, every voice, coursing through her body. “I don’t need an encore chant after every song, even though they do that sometimes. But when it does happen, I open my arms to receive it, because it’s happening for a reason, and I’m so grateful for it.” Yvan Fabing Styled by Anna Trevelyan; hair by Shelby Swain for GHD; makeup by Alexx Mayo at the Only Agency; manicure by Joanna Newbold at Terri Manduca Agency; set design by Kei Yoshino at Bryant Artists; produced by Noir Productions. This article will appear in the October 2019 issue of ELLE, Read more: ELLE Magazine (US)
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