Lizzo triumphs in Vogue: 'If someone like you hasn't done it yet — BE THE FIRST'

By Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Grammy winner Lizzo triumphed Thursday in being the first big, Black woman to be on the cover of Vogue - a good-as-hell career highlight that came just a day after she lamented the Kentucky grand jury decision not to charge any officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.

"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," she wrote Thursday of the fashion bible's October cover.

The directive seemed to be a rebound from her grief Wednesday, illustrating the exhausting resilience often expected of Black women in the framework of systemic racism.

"This is the blackest and brownest @voguemagazine ever - and I have to brag," the 32-year-old musician added.

Lizzo's Instagram account on Wednesday and Thursday was a mixed bag of emotions between her striking Vogue spread shot by Hype Williams and her somber Instagram stories expressing grief over the Taylor decision.

"I'm so disappointed and unfortunately not surprised in the way none of the officers have been charged with the murder of Breonna Taylor," the "Truth Hurts" singer said Wednesday in candid videos on her stories.


"Take everything out, take all the details out and tell somebody that this man (Officer Myles Cosgrove) broke into a woman's home and shot her to death while she was sleeping. Oh, and he wasn't charged for murder. Does that sound fair to you? It doesn't sound fair to me. No justice, no peace."

Lizzo joined the droves of celebrities and athletes who decried the Louisville, Kentucky, grand-jury decision to charge ex-Louisville Metro Police Department detective Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into neighboring apartments in connection to the March 13 police raid of Taylor's home. The decision provoked protests in Kentucky and in Los Angeles.

The body-positive singer and flutist shared a portrait of Taylor on her Instagram account Wednesday, invoking fans to "SAY HER NAME. Breonna Taylor." She also urged followers to donate to the Louisville community bail fund.

Though her Vogue interview was conducted well before Wednesday's decision, it came amid the national reckoning over race and injustice that has consumed the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic and since the death of George Floyd.


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