Lizzo was born 31 years ago, but did so again in 2019. Before that, many times he had wanted to escape, his body, of his musical career, the pressure to fit in. In the dozens of interviews that da has now confessed that he is still working on combating the ‘imposter syndrome’, that makes one believe that one does not deserve the success, although he has worked tirelessly to achieve it.
To understand the phenomenon Lizzo who has scrambled the united States and other parts of the globe, you have to understand who he is and in what context it appears. Melissa Viviane Jefferson was born in Detroit, almost with a flute under his arm. His musical inclination was evident and led eight years ago to start writing songs of pop and rap, although I had to give away tickets to his concerts because nobody bought.
“Listening to dozens of ‘no’, but always saying, ‘yes,’” he said, ” when he learned that he was the artist most nominated at the American Music Awards, 2019. Part of that rejection was not justified in his powerful voice full of deep soul. The reason was that a luscious body has no place in an industry that considers women great Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian. Lizzo is a young black woman who makes pop and wears sexy clothes. It was an embarrassing figure to the still conservative look american.
But if the rebellion has already given with his very presence, his letters and his speeches in concerts, social networks and sealed to the which would be the representative of a new generation that was looking for a place in a universe that excluded them. “It is difficult to love in a world that doesn’t love you back”, shouted Lizzo in the middle of his presentation at the MTV Music Awards, one of the more emotional, that made up from their chairs to Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Rihanna. In the scenario that the accompanying dancers black of different sizes that claimed the genuine spaces as prefabricated as the music industry. The priestess who speaks of something as revolutionary as the self-love what he was preaching with the example.
Your chance to shine came with the movie Someone Great, produced by Netflix, and showing Truth Hurts, a song that had been launched in 2017. Searches on Google, the fonomímicas in Tik Tok, and the use of her lyrics as slogans of female empowerment filled the spectrum pop. But she asks only that you don’t call it ‘brave’ for being happy in your body. “Love should not be an actor radical, but a necessity,” he says.
In the case of the singers national Susan Prieto (26), and Anais Quispe (30), this need for self-love, was born when the scenarios were repeated that didn’t exist. “Happened to Me more than once that I saw in castings and I dismissed. I had to ask them a chance to show my singing and for the newly interested,” says Susan. Though she grew up with a mother that gave him the courage to do what he wanted, when he arrived in 2012 to the reality of singing Peru has talent, he began to receive great reviews … not by her voice but by her body. “Now I have lost a bit of weight, but I still love my curves because they are part of my identity,” she adds.
The ‘Torita’ –as it is known to Anais Quispe in the scene of hip-hop– he also says that earning respect in a space full of big men was challenging. “At the beginning I refused to climb to the stage on the nights of micro free, even though I have registered ahead of time. They thought that because it wasn’t wearing sweatpants and it was small I did not know to sing,” he recalls. What they didn’t know is that their 1,45 meters are magnified when he starts rapping.
“The music industry and in society more generally is going to require that you look like the archetype that they have of women so that you have more opportunities, but it is a tool to submit,” adds the singer-songwriter Giovanna Núñez ‘The Laa’ (37). She, who writes about being a woman in a society that judges constantly, has lived through moments in which we have questioned from her dress –“do not wear mini skirts because you have legs very wide”– or your age –“you are no longer twenty-something”–. “But so are we and so we exist,” he says. Perhaps one of the acts more subversive of a woman.