Lizzo is easily the biggest name in music right now, known for her killer beats, words, and flute playing. But as the leading plus size rapper/singer in the industry she continues to use her ever-increasing fame to promote other artists of size. With upcoming performances at award shows and world tours, it shouldn't be a challenge to find plus size backup dancers. Yet her choreographer says it is.
Jemel McWilliams, who has been Lizzo's choreographer and live-show artistic director since last January, spoke with Dance Magazine, "She has a vision: She wants to put curvy dancers in her performances, because they are deserving. And I was so down. But when we had our first casting call, an agency open call in Los Angeles, our top agencies only had two to four dancers on their rosters that they considered plus-size—meaning smaller than your average-sized American woman."
Lizzo and Jemel put out their own calls across social media to put together a team, but that shouldn't be the case. Plus Size artists, athletes, models and dancers shouldn't be considered a specialty, they should just be considered.