“Fitness” – Lizzo

Since rocketing to fame, Lizzo has often been praised for championing body positivity by upending dominant ideals of health and beauty, which prioritize slim, white bodies. But Lizzo herself is unimpressed.

“I’m sick of being an activist because I’m fat and Black. I want to be an activity because I’m intelligent, because I care about issues, because my music is good, because I want to help the world.”

That frustration and desire comes through in “Fitness”, which is at once a celebration of body diversity and a rejection of the idea that confidence, when it comes from someone who isn’t thin and white, is a statement. “Fitness” insists, in no uncertain terms, that Lizzo’s appearance has nothing to do with her audience, whether her audience wants to criticize it, admire it, or interpret it as activism.