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Power Players: 10 Reasons You Need More Lizzo in Your Life
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Powerhouse diva-in-the-making Lizzo (full name Melissa Jefferson) is a Detroit-born musician making waves with her celebratory, catchy-as-hell anthems. The kind of songs people text their friends and adopt as their own personal jam.
A fount of self-actualization, Lizzo is as Lizzo does. Like body-acceptance came when she called it (though it took a while), success in music was a matter of when not if. And divadom seems imminent. Though it will for sure be delivered with Lizzo’s signature warmth and playfulness, along with her killer style.
And as with the most attention-catching of folks doing big things these days, there have been some interesting twists along the way that we love her all the more for (she has, for example, done turns in electro-pop and progressive-rock groups). Below, 10 reasons Lizzo is giving us life, from creative-flow real talk to that one time she collabed with Prince.
1) She didn’t choose music—it chose her.
“Music was more a calling than a career choice. I don't know why I was drawn to it, I don't know why I'm good at it, I don't know why I use the words the way that I do, and I don't know where the inspiration comes from sometimes. But it’s there. Listening to the choir was my favorite part of going to church on Sundays and I think that kind of stuck with me. Music’s really about making people feel something. In church, people were feeling the Holy Ghost in the music and they would be running up the aisles. Now I want people to be catching the Holy Ghost at my shows and running up the aisles.”
“Music was more a calling than a career choice.”
2) She’s a classically trained flautist.
“I started studying music and playing flute when I was twelve. I was fascinated by classical music—the way it worked and sounds. After that it just turned into learning how to freestyle and being ratchet, so it was like a de-evolution of music theory!”
3) Lyrical inspiration can strike anywhere—even the bathroom.
“I feel creative all the time. A lot of my music is conversational and a lot of the lines of my songs come from having conversations with people and letting that person inspire me or late nights drinking or random thoughts when I'm angry or sad or really really happy. I even just thought of some earlier when I was in the bathroom and wanted to record it but I didn’t have my phone!”
4) The creative flow is real real.
“It’s tunnel vision. It’s so exciting when I’m creating music. When a song is done I always wonder how in the hell did we do that? And before a song is made, I wonder how are we gonna do this? But somewhere in the middle there’s this separation from yourself and this connection to a higher energy. You’re like a vessel for creativity, and your job is just to not f*ck up that message. I’m blessed to be able to tap into that because I feel crazy when I’m writing a song sometimes; I feel manic. I get really excited and I get really sad. Sometimes I cry, sometimes I’m laughing—most times I’m laughing. You know it’s a good bar [measure] when everyone is cracking up in the room. You go in with a question mark and you leave with a period—it’s really special.”
“It’s so exciting when I’m creating music... somewhere in the middle there’s this separation from yourself and this connection to a higher energy."
5) Sleater-Kinney once tapped her to open for them.
The legendary riot grrrrl indie rock band co-founded by Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein asked our girl Lizzo to open their 2015 reunion tour.
6) The get-pumped jam is, almost always, Beyonce.
“We only listen to women before we go on stage. And of course it depends on whatever song is popping in a moment, like we've cut up to a lot of different songs. But the one person who for sure gets us popping is Beyonce. We can put on the B’Day album. We can put on the self-titled album. And it goes. We just love music. We make music and we love music.
“We only listen to women before we go on stage."
7) Prince was a fan.
The legend personally asked her to contribute to the song “Boytrouble” on his 2014 Plectrumelectrum album.
8) She looked up to Missy Elliott when growing up...
“She was so cool and is like the epitome of being yourself, being creative, being fly, being sexual without being sexualized, and you know being bossy.”
9) ...and now girls look up to her.
“The moment when I decided to take ownership of my body and find it beautiful was finally deciding that it wasn't going to change—ever. I remember looking in the mirror and just being like, ‘This is it. This is who you're going to be for the rest of your life and you have to take care of this person.’ And then I realized that the more you take care of this person, the more you start to like this person, and the more you like this person, the more you're going to think this person is beautiful. And it took a long time but it worked. So if you're a little girl reading this, look in the mirror and remind yourself that this is who you are and she's perfect just the way she is. I know it's cliche, but it's cliche for a reason: because it's true.”
“If you're a little girl reading this, look in the mirror and remind yourself that this is who you are and she's perfect just the way she is. I know it's cliche, but it's cliche for a reason: because it's true."
10) She’s rocked sneaks since way back.
“I remember the first shoe I really wanted so badly. I thought I would be so cool if I had some Filas. I wanted Filas so bad. They were the ones with the high top and the velcro. Man. And I got ’em in white and I thought I was a bad bitch. I thought I was so cool. But I was cool, right?”
Photos by Natalie Yang
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