Lizzo wants people to stop thinking of “selfish” as a dirty word.
The hip-hop star and LGBT ally spoke to the It Gets Better Project about why she’s pushing for a renaissance of self-love.
“When it comes to you, you can never be too selfish,” says the 29-year-old “Truth Hurts” singer. “You need to take care of yourself first, and I think that hopefully, [my] music gives people that first step to realizing that being selfish isn’t a bad thing.”
A little selfishness can benefit folks from all walks of life, she adds, including women, people of color, queers, and those whose identities intersect. Lizzo shared a message from a transgender fan who told her that the uplifting, body-positive lyrics from “Scuse Me” resonated during her transition.
“When I sing, ’Look up in the mirror/Oh my God, it’s me,’ She would look in the mirror, and… be like, ’Oh my gosh, this is the person that I want to be.'”
Lizzo’s self-care advice for queer youth? Just be yourself: “You are who you are, and that’s not going to change, and you shouldn’t have to change that. Ignore everybody else, and focus on this person. Because this is it.”
Be sure to catch Lizzo as a special guest judge on Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, premiering March 22 at 8/7c on VH1.