Lizzo has been a long time advocate of body positivity and self-love.

Now, she has gone one step further and posted a nude, unedited selfie to Instagram.

It’s part of an effort to counteract the unrealistic and distorted images that we see all over social media.

Lizzo has 10.2 million followers, and she shared the unedited and unfiltered pic with the caption: “Let’s get real y’all”.

She wrote in post: “Welcome to Taurus season,” (who doesn’t love an astrology reference)

“To celebrate I wanna give y’all this unedited selfie.

“Now normally I would fix my belly and smooth my skin but baby I wanted [to] show u how I do it au naturel.”

Lizzo says she teamed up with beauty brand Dove and the #DoveSelfEsteemProject. She says it “is helping to reverse the negative effects of social media and changing the conversation about beauty standards”.

Lizzo wants parents to talk to their children to “help them be their most confident self” both in-person and online.

In a statement, she says: “I love how this generation is so creative in the ways in which they express themselves. It’s really inspiring to see how people are taking their identity and their beauty into their own hands.”

“However, people are struggling with their self-image and self-confidence more than ever. This is amplified by the increasing pressure to show a digitally distorted version of ourselves, reinforcing the idea that our beauty in real life is not good enough or worthy of likes.”

She adds: “That’s why The Dove Self-Esteem Project and I want you to have The Selfie Talk with a young person in your life. It’s happening to young people everywhere, so let’s talk about it.”

Nine Out Of Ten

Dove has done some research with shocking figures.

They found that nine out of every 10 girls in the UK with low body esteem put their health at risk. This includes by skipping meals or not seeing a doctor when they need to.

Their latest campaign is called The Selfie Talk.

They are taking aim at the way many images are distorted and creating pressure and unreal expectations, particularly for young women.

Dove also found that 80 per cent of girls are using retouching apps by the age of 13. Meanhile,  77 per cent of girls admit that they try to ‘change or hide’ at least one body part before posting an image of themselves on social media.

Also, 48% of girls who distort their photos are more likely to have low body-esteem compared to those that don’t distort their photos at all (28 per cent).

The study found that the longer girls spend editing their photos, the more they report low body esteem.

Kardashians

Recently, Khloé Kardashian frantically tried to remove unedited pictures of her from the internet. She was upset after the more candid pics were put on social media “by mistake”.

Many people thought the photo looked beautiful though.

Following the backlash after she tried to get them removed, she wrote an honest statement.

She said: “In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgement my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear.”

Anxious Or Depressed

It’s not just physical health being impacted by this pressure, either.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) also did a survey. They found that more than a third of UK adults have felt anxious or depressed because of concerns about their body image.

Jane Caro is a practising psychotherapist and MHF associate director of programmes.

She says the consequences of this pressure to be perfect is “huge”.

“There isn’t a magic cure for any of this; we live in a culture that is constantly feeding us these messages about how we should be, and this idea that there is perfection we need to be aiming for – but it’s just not true,” she said.

Controversy

Lizzo previously had to defend herself after she posted videos on TikTok of her taking part in a juice cleanse.

Many fans were quick to express disappointment when they assumed it was for weight loss purposes.

However, Lizzo insisted it was done with a doctor. She said it was to make her stomach feel better after she had issues from spicy food.

Are you surprised by these statistics?

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