Lizzo has opened up on the ‘dangerous’ side to social media in the most powerful way
Lizzo has shared her relief editing apps didn’t exist when she was a teen, musing on the ‘dangerous’ side of social media.
The star – who posted a powerful nude selfie to bring the point home – shared her views at the #BehindTheFilter Dove Summit on Tuesday to promote a campaign against digital distortion.
Saying that it ‘scares her’ that online platforms are capitalising on those struggling with insecurities, Lizzo told Dre Brown she feels for the younger girls who are confronted with picture perfect photos due to filters.
The Truth Hurts star said: ‘The scary thing about it is, when I was their age, the girls that are now 12/13, I felt the same way, I remember waking up and wanting to change a part of myself, but I didn’t have photo retouching.
‘So that feeling was already there and now it scares me that there’s this tool that cashes in on my insecurity, and not only makes it bigger feeds the monster.
‘You look up and there’s this completely unrealistic standard for your body and your face you’ve created. I think there’s something really dangerous about that.’
The star shared a nude selfie ahead of the summit (Picture: @lizzobeeating)
She – who previously became ‘super stressed’ by relentless trolling on social media it saw her quit Twitter in 2019 – later added: ‘You would be surprised how many people do believe what they see on the internet, and understandably so. If you only knew!’
Lizzo explained while she struggled with her own insecurities around her body, saying she was ‘body negative’, she chose to be happy in her own skin and push that rhetoric through her massive platform.
She told Dre: ‘I felt like I had to, it was no choice for me it was literal survival, I was like if I’m going to continue to live in this body and be happy and survive in this body I need to try and find a way to like myself. I was body negative for a long time.
‘Most people are taught that body negativity is normal and then I became body positive. I believe everything that I say now, you know what I’m saying.
Lizzo spoke of choosing to thrive in her body following a battle with insecurities (Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
‘To push this conversation a little bit more forward, you look at mainstream media, body positive is a downturn, a lot of people have downturned it.
‘This body is not only fat and not only positive but this body is normal, it’s not a political statement it’s just my body, if you say it keep it pushing.
‘That’s what body normative really means to me, I’m here don’t say anything. Don’t push anything, it’s a statement.’
Before her appearance, Lizzo – who recently made fans laugh with her attempts to shoot her shot with Chris Evans – promoted the summit with a totally untouched, nude selfie of herself absolutely glowing.
Admitting she would usually edit an image like this before posting, the star wanted to show herself off in all her natural glory.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘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.’