“I’m a larger-than-life bitch, so my clothes are gonna be the same,” the singer/rapper, 30, told Page Six at a New York Fashion Week party hosted by E! Entertainment, Elle magazine and IMG on Wednesday night.
For the occasion, Lizzo (whose real name is Melissa Jefferson) was decked out in one of her typically eccentric ensembles: a gold top, leopard-print briefs, fishnet stockings and a corset, all accessorized with a slick of bright green eyeshadow and an enormous pink feather boa/bolero hybrid. (“I’m a bird-ass bitch!” she cackled on the red carpet.)
“I just want to be like Grace Jones or Josephine Baker, to have things that match my energy, my personality and my body,” she explained. “I’m a big girl, so they don’t really make clothes in my size. Everything I get is custom.”
Lizzo often collaborates with queer fashion creators like Marko Monroe, BCalla and Brooke Candy (the latter of whom also makes music) to create her daring looks. “I work with people who want to make clothes for my body,” she shrugged. “I think it’s really special when designers want to make one-of-a-kind things for a larger frame.”
A fierce advocate for body positivity and self-love, the “Truth Hurts” singer gravitates toward lingerie-inspired looks that show off her curves. “I encourage everyone to be as naked as possible,” she said with a laugh.
And while Lizzo is pleased with fashion’s recent push for diversity, she knows that there’s much more work to be done when it comes to embracing beauty at every size, shape and color — and offering clothes in sizes that fit.
“I think inclusivity is something we’ve needed for a while now,” the star explained. “Because of social media, people are just starting to f—k with [curvier] models on the internet, and now the fashion industry is just trying to keep up.”
Concluded the Minneapolis-based musician: “I just don’t want us to be trendy — I want inclusivity and diversity to be the norm. I think we just have to keep letting weirdo motherf—kers in like myself!”