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Hip-hop has occasionally shown love to the big girls.

V.I.C. encouraged the big girls to wobble on the dance floor classic, “Wobble.”

Sleepy Brown and Outkast’s Big Boi told the world that big girls need love too and there’s no discrimination in this world on “The Way You Move.”

But never have big girls taken center stage like they have because of Lizzo’s meteoric rise to fame.

And while Lizzo’s new reality show “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” will not break any new ground structure-wise, it will when it comes to showing love to around the way girls that many people can relate to more than the supermodels Hollywood often glamorizes.

Pop star Lizzo has made a name for herself for embracing her appearance and not letting outdated Hollywood stereotypes dictate what is considered attractive and what is not considered attractive.

Her live concert performances often include plus-size dancers to back her up on stage.

Unfortunately, she has always been limited to just a few plus-size dancers.

Even when the pop star with Houston roots reaches out to agencies, they cannot supply her with enough plus-size dancers because of obvious discrimination in the industry.

Therefore, to find the right amount of background dancers to round out her big girls, Lizzo takes the onus upon herself to find the right big girls to dance with one of the biggest stars of the industry.

The women auditioning for the spots have no clue who they are auditioning for until they walk into the actual auction.

After laying eyes on the celebrity rapper/singer, many are blown away because they have found inspiration in Lizzo’s confidence and success.

The aspiring Lizzo background dancers will audition for a coveted spot in her house of dancers.

The singer will choose from 13 dancers who enters the house in “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.”

From those chosen to enter the house, only a certain amount will make it on stage with the superstar.

The first thing that jumps out in “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” is the undeniable charisma that Lizzo has.

Her it-factor jumps off the screen.

And even if a person has never really heard her music or seen her perform live, they will look at her (even if for the first time) and see a certified celebrity.

Some people have it and some people do not have it.

Lizzo definitely has it.

And like any true boss, Lizzo has a strong sense of what she wants from her employees, and she will not settle for less during these strenuous auditions.

She is no longer an up-and-coming musician.

Lizzo is now a headliner and needs a flawless show to go with her music and her aura.

The dancers are vying for a coveted spot on stage with Lizzo during the prestigious Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Therefore, to say that the girls will be under a microscope is an understatement.

Either the dancers will shine on the big stage or a be a big disappointment for the superstar and her beloved fans.

Lizzo wants big girls with confidence, stamina and flexibility.

But the show is not just about the art of dancing.

It is about music too.

Furthermore, the show is about life.

It is about conquering one’s fears.

It is about not being afraid to be different in a world filled with copycats.

Lizzo, and the show “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” for that matter, is about being unapologetically you, whether people like it or not.

Dance is just used as a metaphor for those principles in life.

Even if viewers do not like dance, Lizzo’s music or the aspirants, the music on the reality show is so infectious that viewers will not be able to contain their feet as if they too were auditioning for Lizzo.

Furthermore, viewers will get into “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” because of the human-interest stories that the dancers bring to the reality show.

Lizzo calls Charity special.

Crystal, 24, hails from Houston and has dealt with homelessness during her life.

She was the only poor, Black girl at her private school, so she knows how to stand out and how to deal with being different from her peers.

Ki’ana, 27, is a military brat who calls Austin, Texas home.

She loved dance so much as a child that she made her parents build her a dance studio in the family’s garage.

Asia was the captain of Alabama State University’s Honeybeez dance team, the only college dance team exclusively for plus-size dancers.

Jayla said that if there was a song to describe her life it would be entitled, “A Hot Mess.”

Sidney, 24, also hails from Houston.

Lizzo followed Sydney on TikTok because she found inspiration in Sydney’s social media videos.

Although Lizzo is an original, the concept of the show “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” is not as it pertains to strangers entering the same house and having to live together for whatever reason.

That concept has been done since “The Real World” debuted on MTV in 1992.

But what Lizzo’s reality show “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” will convey is how hard it is to break into the entertainment industry, how scary it is to be vulnerable under the spotlight and how demanding and hard-working one must be to maintain their spot on top of that proverbial Hollywood mountain.

“Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” also shows how a person reaching for a dream often only has a small amount of time to make the biggest impact on the gatekeepers and decision makers.

Either a person steps up and shows how big they can become, or they show how small they are by not taking advantage of the opportunity.

RegalMag.com watched one episode of “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” for this review. “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

 

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