Lizzo slammed the entertainment industry for marginalizing bigger girls as she promoted her new TV venture on the latest edition of Late Late Show with James Corden.The voluptuous star, 33, showed off her curves in a form-fitting blue latex dress while discussing the uphill struggle faced by plus-size dancers on Monday evening.
Promoting forthcoming show Watch Out For the Big Grrrls which she presents and produces – Lizzo explained: ‘If anyone has ever been to my shows, I have dancers called the Big Grrrls. ‘So in 2014, I had been doing open call auditions for big girl dancers that look like me.
‘And it’s been really hard because big girls don’t get representation. They don’t get agents, They don’t get the casting calls. Bada boom, bada bing I don’t see big girls.’Recalling one particular incident ahead of a performance at Coachella, she said: ‘I had an agent call and the girls were beautiful, great dancers, they just didn’t look like me.’
The singer, rapper and musician said she realized she had to pull up her sleeves and do it herself. I did an open casting call,’ she added. ‘That brought me some girls.’ She then did another nationwide casting for her new show, giving larger dancers an opportunity to find work. ‘So big grrrl dancers from all over the country are flown out to LA to audition to be on tour with me,’ she explained.
Lizzo also shared an exclusive snippet of her new single, About Damn Time, prompting the star, Corden and fellow guest Gabrielle Union to get on their feet and dance. ‘Thank you,’ said Lizzo to the cheering crowd after the brief clip played. ‘It’s out April 14th everywhere, y’all.’
James asked her how it felt to have just finished her new album, which has yet to be given an official release date. ‘Three frickin years I’ve been working on this album,’ she added. ‘I feel amazing. ‘
The star admitted to giving a select group of her most forthright friends and family members an advance preview of the forthcoming release, among them her mother. ‘They’ll tell me,’ she said. ‘They will be like ”this aint it girl” and if it starts working they will be like ”this is it”.’
‘And then I’ll play it for my mama but she is the last to hear it. She’s a Virgo woman and a harsh critic.’ Lizzo later took part in a fun ‘riff-off’ skit with James after he told the audience that 80’s dance music surpassed any music today for getting people to the dance floor.
The versatile star sang Watermelon Sugar High by Harry Styles and James sang You Spin Me Round by Dead Or Alive. James then sang I Wanna To Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston, but Lizzo countered by singing Butter by South Korean boyband BTS.