*Lizzo is opening up about mental health in her cover story for British Vogue.
Photographed by Kloss Films, the superstar appears on the cover wearing a black Versace gown and an Adrienne Landau feather boa.
The “Truth Hurts” singer graces the second cover of the magazine’s December issue, in which she shares how she manages her anxiety and reflects on her journey to stardom.
“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 says. “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.”
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The 31-year-old superstar also explains why she would not have been able to handle fame 10 years ago.
“I think if I was 21 right now, I would not be able to maintain this lifestyle without having major anxiety and panic attacks,” Lizzo tells the outlet. “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.”
Lizzo also notes how the lack of representation in the media affected her self-esteem as a child.
“I would watch things on television and I would look at magazines and I would not see myself,” she tells British Vogue. “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 realize 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.”
Lizzo in the British Vogue December 2019 Issue pic.twitter.com/5wru2h8ElP
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Now that Lizzo is an inspiration for millions of fans around the world, she wants y’all to know… “I’m not trying to sell you me,” she explains. “I’m trying to sell you, you.”
“Anybody that uses body positivity to sell something is using it for their personal gain. That’s just it,” she said. “We weren’t selling anything in the beginning. We were just selling ourselves, and selling ourselves on the idea – selling ourselves on ourselves, you know?”
The December issue of British Vogue is now available via digital download and newsstands.
.@Lizzo is closing out a life-changing year as the star of the second of #BritishVogue‘s two December covers. Here, the queen of empowering lyrics shares some of her funniest “firsts”. Watch the full film here: https://t.co/lIPg9HeyO2 pic.twitter.com/lnlnGrBfNi
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