Lizzo did a TED Talk on the history of twerking and how it taught her self-love

scandal 07/10/2021

Lizzo’s TED Talk on the history of twerking and how it taught her self-love just dropped online.

"If you follow me on social media before you've probably seen my heinie before," she joked at the start of the talk premiered by People.

"I used to hate my ass, believe it or not. I have my father's shape and my mother's thighs, so it's big, and long. I used to think that only asses like J.Lo's or Beyoncé's could be famous. I never thought that could happen to me."

Lizzo breaks down how she was able to embrace her body image through dance in the talk.  She joked that Rihanna once gave her ass a "standing ovation," noting, "I grew up in an era where having a big ass wasn't mainstream." “How did this happen? Twerking. Through the movement of twerking, I realized that my ass is my greatest asset. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my TED Twerk."

Lizzo claimed that she first learned how to twerk as a kid in a Houston bar, and despite the fact that she didn't know much about it at the time, she's since explored the history of twerking.

Twerking, as we know it now, was heavily influenced by West African dances like Mapouka, she claimed and remarked, “We made twerking the global cultural phenomenon it became today.” 

She explained, "I twerk because I'm talented." "Because I'm sexual, but not to be sexualized. I twerk to own my power, to reclaim my Blackness, my culture. I twerk for fat, Black women because being fat and Black is a beautiful thing.”

Watch our queen’s full ‘TED Twerk’ below:

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