Lizzo gave a TED Talk about twerking’s black roots and body positivity. To break the ice, she jokingly shared “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to TED Twerk.”
“I used to hate my ass, believe it or not. I have my father’s shape and my mother’s side, because it’s big and long,” Lizzo shared. “I used to think that only asses like J.Lo’s or Beyonce’s could be famous, I never thought that could happen to me. I always felt like my body type was never the right one or the desirable one growing up. I grew up in an era where having a big ass wasn’t mainstream.”
The ‘Truth Hurts’ singer recalled a moment when being a plus-size woman made her doubt herself. “I grew up watching movies where women were like, ‘Does my ass look fat in this?’ like it was a bad thing,” she said.
Lizzo has achieved international fame in recent years for her empowering music that transcends hip-hop, rap, and pop, as well as her unapologetic adoration for her body—and her ability to make fans want to twerk right along with her.
Lizzo ended her TED talk by saying, “Black women invented twerking, and twerking is part of the revolution.” She concluded, “we’ve been doing it, we’re going to keep on doing it because we have and always will be the blueprint.”