Lizzo has admitted she’s grateful photo-editing apps didn’t exist when she was a teenager while discussing the ‘dangerous’ effects of social media.
Speaking at the #BehindTheFilter Dove Summit to promote the brand’s campaign against digital distortion, the Truth Hurts hitmaker, 32, said it ‘scares her’ that online platforms are earning a profit from users struggling with insecurity.
During an interview with makeup artist Dre Brown, Lizzo also discussed the reasons behind her decision to quit Twitter in 2019, admitted she became ‘super stressed’ by incessant trolling on the platform.
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Scary: Lizzo (right) has admitted she’s grateful photo-editing apps didn’t exist when she was a teenager while discussing the ‘dangerous’ effects of social media
Lizzo shared her own experience with digital distortion, after seeing Dove’s promotional film showing the lengths taken by young teenage girls to alter their appearance in images posted online.
She said: ‘The scary thing about it is, when I was their age, the girls that are now 12/13, I felt the same way, I remember waking up and wanting to change a part of myself, but I didn’t have photo retouching.
‘So that feeling was already there and now it scares me that there’s this tool that cashes in on my insecurity, and not only makes it bigger feeds the monster.
‘You look up and there’s this completely unrealistic standard for your body and your face you’ve created. I think there’s something really dangerous about that.’
Confident: The Truth Hurts hitmaker, who has long been an advocate of body confidence, said it ‘scares her’ that online platforms are earning a profit from users struggling with insecurity
Candid: Lizzo was a guest at the #BehindTheFilter Dove Summit to promote the brand’s campaign against digital distortion
The Grammy winner added that while she struggled with her own insecurities, when she became a global star she learned to accept her curves and promote body positivity.
She told Dre: ‘I felt like I had to, it was no choice for me it was literal survival, I was like if I’m going to continue to live in this body and by happy and survive in this body I need to try and find a way to like myself. I was body negative for a long time.
‘Most people are taught that body negativity is normal and then I became body positive. I believe everything that I say now, you know what I’m saying.
‘To push this conversation a little bit more forward, you look at mainstream media, body positive is a downturn, a lot of people have downturned it.
‘This body is not only fat and not only positive but this body is normal, it’s not a political statement it’s just my body, if you say it keep it pushing.
Views: During an interview with Dre Brown, the Juice singer said: ‘You look up and there’s this completely unrealistic standard for your body and your face you’ve created’
‘That’s what body normative really means to me, I’m here don’t say anything. Don’t push anything, it’s a statement.’
Detailing the unrealistic expectations of social media, Lizzo added: ‘You would be surprised how many people do believe what they see on the internet, and understandably so. If you only knew!
‘As most people knew I did an interview the what’s underneath project and talked about the things I loved about herself, that video was just on YouTube after that.
‘So from then on I had nothing to hide, there’s no shame anymore and I just kind of post myself, just take me as I am you don’t have to love me!’
Opinion: Lizzo also discussed the reasons behind her decision to quit Twitter in 2019, admitted she became ‘super stressed’ by incessant trolling on the platform.
Lizzo also discussed her decision to quit Twitter in 2019 after struggling with relentless trolling.
‘I could feel myself trending for not good reasons and I remember one day I had the realisation, of ”oh my god I feel like I’m missing out,” she said.
‘There’s that anxiety and then I remember I was super stressed out, I was getting backlash and was trending for a negative reasons and I said ”you know what I’m gonna do? Bloop!”
‘It was hard to do, I felt like I was coming out of a chat room or a destination, and then I thought ”oh I’m OK!”’
Dove’s virtual summit came following the launch of its new Confidence Kit, which empowers parents and carers to help children navigate appearance pressures and the world around them.
Defiant: ‘I was super stressed out, I was getting backlash and was trending for a negative reasons and I said ”you know what I’m gonna do? Bloop!” she said of leaving the site
It includes a dedicated section to help adults understand the challenges that young people face online, to encourage conversation and provide tips on how to make social media a healthy place where young users can flourish – from curating a positive and diverse social media feed to recognising that social media is a highlight reel of people’s ‘best bits’.
Earlier in the day, Lizzo took to Instagram to share an empowering naked post, which she boasted was completely unedited.
In the caption, she wrote: ‘WELCOME TO TAURUS SEASON To celebrate I wanna give y’all this unedited selfie.. now normally I would fix my belly and smooth my skin but baby I wanted show u how I do it au natural,
Inspiring: Earlier in the day, Lizzo took to Instagram to share an empowering naked post, which she boasted was completely unedited
‘@dove is starting the #DoveSelfEsteemProject to help reverse the negative effects of social media and I’m partnering with them to change the conversation about beauty standards. Let’s get real y’all.’
Lizzo said she hopes to raise awareness of how the pressures of social media is causing young girls to distort their appearance online and how it can be detrimental to their self esteem.
She is encouraging parents to have ‘the Selfie Talk’ with their children to ‘help them be their most confident self’ both in-person and online.
‘I love how this generation is so creative in the ways in which they express themselves. It’s really inspiring to see how people are taking their identity and their beauty into their own hands,’ the chart-topper said in a statement.
New research from the Dove Self-Esteem Project reveals that 80 per cent of girls in have used retouching apps by the age of 13, while 77 per cent of girls admit that they try to ‘change or hide’ at least one body part before posting an image of themselves on social media.
The study also revealed that girls who distort their photos are more likely to have low body-esteem (48 per cent) compared to those that don’t distort their photos at all (28 per cent).
The study found that the longer girls spend editing their photos, the more they report low body esteem.
Lizzo’s partnership with the brand’s initiative came as Dove launched a new video campaign that captures the ’emotional and physical stages of a young girl posting a selfie to social media’, revealing the numerous steps that so many women take before sharing an image of themselves.
Keeping it real: The star said she hopes to raise awareness of how pressures are causing girls to distort their appearance online and how it can be detrimental to their self esteem