Vegan musician Lizzo appears on the cover of Vogue magazine’s October issue—the first Black, plus-sized woman to do so. “I am the first big Black woman on the cover of Vogue Magazine. The first Black anything feels overdue. But our time has come,” Lizzo captioned a photo of the cover on Instagram. “To all my Black girls, if someone like you hasn’t done it yet—be the first.”
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I am the first big black woman on the cover of @voguemagazine. The first black anything feels overdue. But our time has come. To all my black girls, if someone like you hasn’t done it yet— BE THE FIRST. Shot by: @hypewilliams Story by: Claudia Rankine. Thank you Anna Wintour & @sergiokletnoy.
Inside the issue, Lizzo discusses a variety of issues, including the beginning of her career in Minneapolis, the inspiration behind her songs, normalizing bodies that look like hers, and her experiences as a Black woman in the music industry and the world as a whole. “Having a Black woman as vice president would be great,” Lizzo told Vogue. “I’m just always rooting for Black people. But I want actual change to happen. In the laws. Not a temporary fix to a deep-rooted, systemic issue.”
In June, Lizzo revealed to her 8.7 million TikTok followers that she is vegan. Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, the musician has continued to use her fame to promote racial justice and veganism, sharing a variety of plant-based recipes on her social media accounts, including her spicy vegan take on McDonald’s McChicken sandwich, Jamaican patties, and vegan ice cream bread made with Ben & Jerry’s new Netflix & Chilll’d non-dairy ice cream flavor.
Photo Credit: Vogue/Hype Williams
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