It's no secret that the entertainment industry is a breeding ground for weight stigma. Reality competitions like The Biggest Loser, I Used to Be Fat and Dance Your Ass Off continue to reinforce the idea that plus-size people are defined by their weight and eager to finish their journey to Skinnyville. Meanwhile, other titles like Heavy and My 600-Lb Life expose the struggles of being dangerously obese. Even films and TV shows have made a habit of using plus-size people as sidekicks for comic relief (think Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect and Sookie from Gilmore Girls). But rarely do we ever see enough body positivity, particularly concerning full-figured women, on screen.
The Grammy winner just dropped her powerful new reality series, which follows a group of talented dancers—of all shapes, shades and sizes—as they compete to join her group of backup dancers for the 2022 world tour. And less than two minutes into the first episode, Lizzo manages to sum up her goal. She says, "Girls that look like me simply don’t get representation. So, time to pull up my sleeves and find them myself."