Lizzo discusses breaking boundaries, anxiety battle and learning to love her figure

She is renowned for being one of the most body positive women in the entertainment industry and says she ‘represents the underrepresented’.

But Lizzo admits her journey to embracing her famous curves has been a long one and there have been times in the past where she has questioned: ‘what the f**k is wrong with me?’.

The singer, 31, stars in Vogue’s December cover shoot, where she discusses breaking boundaries, her battle with anxiety and learning to love her figure.  

Wow: Lizzo stars in Vogue's December cover shoot, where she discusses breaking boundaries, her battle with anxiety and learning to love her figure

Wow: Lizzo stars in Vogue’s December cover shoot, where she discusses breaking boundaries, her battle with anxiety and learning to love her figure

Talking about her journey to finally being at peace with her looks, Lizzo said: ‘I would watch things on television and I would look at magazines and I would not see myself. 

‘When you don’t see yourself, you start to think something’s wrong with you. Then you want to look like those things and when you realise it’s a physical impossibility, you start to think, “What the f**k is wrong with me?”

‘I think that took a greater toll on me, psychologically, growing up than what anyone could have said to me.’

Self-love: Lizzo admits her journey to embracing her famous curves has been a long one and there have been times in the past where she has questioned 'What the f**k is wrong with me?'

Self-love: Lizzo admits her journey to embracing her famous curves has been a long one and there have been times in the past where she has questioned ‘What the f**k is wrong with me?’

While Lizzo has a larger-than-life personality when on the stage, the Truth Hurts hitmaker admitted it is a masquerade and underneath she is filled with anxiety

While Lizzo has a larger-than-life personality when on the stage, the Truth Hurts hitmaker admitted it is a masquerade and underneath she is filled with anxiety

For the striking black and white photoshoot, the singer looked incredible in a dramatic off-the-shoulder gown before changing into a plunging black maxi dress with ruffled shoulders. 

This year Lizzo attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, which peaked inside the top five of the Billboard 200.

And while she has a larger-than-life personality when on the stage, the Truth Hurts hitmaker admitted it is a masquerade and underneath she is filled with anxiety.  

‘When I get really, really anxious before a show, I just go harder and harder and harder when I’m performing and I just go crazy,’ Lizzo said. 

Out and about: Lizzo appeared in high spirits as she arrived at Global Radio Studios in London on Thursday

Out and about: Lizzo appeared in high spirits as she arrived at Global Radio Studios in London on Thursday

Designer garb: The songstress wrapped up in a Burberry jacket which she layered atop of a two-tone midi dress

Designer garb: The songstress wrapped up in a Burberry jacket which she layered atop of a two-tone midi dress 

‘I don’t know why, but my anxiety sometimes fuels who I am as a performer and who I am as an artist – and I know that is not the case for everyone. I don’t know if my body just, like, out of a desperate need to find a place for my anxiety or find a use for it, takes it and puts it there.

Lizzo continued: ‘I think if I was 21 right now, I would not be able to maintain this lifestyle without having major anxiety and panic attacks. 

‘But thank God, my journey is all about self-care and finding that love for yourself and nurturing yourself. Because that’s what artists need more than anything.’ 

See the full feature in the December issue of British Vogue available via digital download and newsstands on Friday 8th November. 

Superstar: This year Lizzo attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, which peaked inside the top five of the Billboard 200

Superstar: This year Lizzo attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, which peaked inside the top five of the Billboard 200

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