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Lizzo Is A Body Positive Style Icon To Watch

We'd happily raid the rapper's closet any day.

If you don’t already know who Lizzo is, we think it’s time you become acquainted.

The singer/rapper, born Melissa Jefferson, released her first solo album in 2013 and has yet to release her second. But thanks to her bold style and confidence, she’s caught our attention.

Lizzo has become a proponent for body positivity and self-love, even describing one of her singles (“Fitness”) as her “Declaration of Independence from the bullshit” of worrying about the judgments of others concerning her physique.

“To have a big black girl singing about how she’s working on the calisthenics ― because mind you, I be in the gym every day, but people don’t believe that because I got extra fat and rolls and a big butt ― I think that it’s empowering for young girls to see that it’s OK to work out and not have a six-pack,” she told Billboard magazine in a June article.

Earlier this month, the 30-year-old got real about body image and self-acceptance once again while speaking on a panel at The CurvyCon in New York. She made a comment about the media’s constant “attack on women that makes us hate our bodies,” and assured the crowd that “we all have insecurities.”

“It’s such a wonderful moment that we’re out here celebrating our differences, so we can just celebrate ourselves as women. Not as big women, small women, plus size, sample size. We’re our size,” she said.

Lizzo’s outspokenness is perfectly matched with her style: It’s bold, fun and beautiful, and to be quite honest, we’d happily raid her wardrobe any day. Check out some of the rapper’s best style moments over the years, and see for yourself why she’s one of our style icons to watch:

2014
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Recording artist Sophia Eris and Lizzo at an event in Toronto.
2015
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The rapper performs during Day 1 of Sunfest in West Palm Beach, Florida.
2016
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Lizzo attends the premiere of the film "Barbershop: The Next Cut" on April 6 in Hollywood.
2016
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Lizzo attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 6 in New York.
2016
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Lizzo and Eris backstage at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest on Oct. 29 in Los Angeles.
2017
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Lizzo attends the Warner Music Group's annual Grammy celebration on Feb. 12 in Hollywood.
2017
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Lizzo attends Pandora at SXSW on March 16 in Austin, Texas.
2017
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The singer attends the annual Shorty Awards on April 23 in New York.
2017
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Lizzo attends the Billboard Music Awards And ELLE Present Women in Music on May 16 in Los Angeles.
2017
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Lizzo at the premiere of the film "Girls Trip" on July 13 in Los Angeles.
2017
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Lizzo attends KYGO "Stole The Show" documentary film premiere on July 25 in New York.
2017
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Lizzo attends the launch of Laugh Out Loud on Aug. 3 in Beverly Hills, California.
2017
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Lizzo attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27 in Inglewood, California.
2017
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Lizzo poses backstage at the Christian Siriano fashion show on Sept. 9 during New York Fashion Week.
2017
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The hip-hop artist attends the Refinery29 annual 29Rooms: Turn It Into Art event on Sept. 7 in Brooklyn.
2017
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Lizzo poses at Spotify's Inaugural Secret Genius Awards, which she hosted, on Nov. 1 in Los Angeles.
2017
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Lizzo attends the Lane Bryant Presents #ImNoAngel event on Nov. 30 in New York.
2017
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Lizzo at Refinery29's 29Rooms: Turn It Into Art opening night party on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles.
2017
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The singer attends the GQ Men of the Year party on Dec. 7 in Los Angeles.
2018
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The recording artist attends HBO's "2 Dope Queens" slumber party premiere on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.
2018
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Lizzo attends the GQ celebration for NBA All-Stars on Feb. 17 in Los Angeles.
2018
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Lizzo at the Beautycon Festival on April 21 in New York.
2018
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Lizzo attends E!, ELLE & IMG's Kick-Off to NYFW: The Shows at The Pool on Sept. 5 in New York.
2018
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Lizzo attends the #TeeUpChange campaign launch hosted by Dia&Co and the Council of Fashion Designers of America on Sept. 7 in New York.
2018
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Lizzo poses backstage at the Christian Cowan show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 8.
2018
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The singer at the Total Wireless Presents Lizzo Live, Powered by Pandora on Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the date Lizzo’s debut album was released as 2016.

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