Lizzo is that girl!! A fan recently made a TikTok randomly asking Lizzo for an award-show dress, and Lizzo sent it!
According to NBC News, Aurielle Marie found out that they were included in the Out 100 list, and they were thrilled.
As part of the honor, Marie, whose pronouns are they/she, was invited to attend Out Magazine’s gala in New York.
They couldn’t find anything to wear to the event.
Although the majority of American women wear sizes 14 or above, Marie said, many stores stock only sizes 12 and under.
They said the gowns they did find in their size were either matronly or tacky. Despite suggestions from their friends, their mother and their wife, Marie “just didn’t like anything.”
“I was like, what do I want to look like? How do I want to feel? And I ended up on this photo of Lizzo. She wore this dress as she accepted her first Emmy,” said Marie, who wrote the critically acclaimed poetry collection “Gumbo Ya Ya” in 2020 and has been widely recognized for writing about fatphobia, Blackness and queer identity.
“The dress was voluminous. It took up space. It was sexy, but it wasn’t overtly sexy, … I was like, I want to feel like this.”
Marie doesn’t consider themself “one of those people who have a weird parasocial attachment to celebrities.” But they admire Lizzo, they said, not only for her music but also for continuing to exude confidence despite the immense backlash she gets.
So, after having struggled to find a red carpet outfit, they turned to TikTok — where they had only a couple of hundred followers — to ask Lizzo whether they could borrow one of her outfits.
“I know you know how it feels to be the biggest … in a room and all the scrutiny and hyper-visibility that comes with that,” Marie said in the TikTok video. “Because I’ve watched you talk about it and the audacity that you’ve marked in your career has helped me step out and be audacious myself. … I gotta ask. Can I please, please, please wear your dress from the 2022 Emmys?”
Marie was referring to the red tulle gown by designer Giambattista Valli, which Lizzo wore when she accepted the award for outstanding competition program for her show “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.”
With the gala quickly approaching, Marie — who got married last month — said they were ready to re-wear their wedding dress to the gala. They didn’t expect Lizzo to respond.
But their plea went viral. Not long after the video was posted, someone from Lizzo’s management team reached out. Marie said they initially thought the DM was a prank. The person wrote that Lizzo had seen Marie’s video and passed it along to her managers, instructing them to send Marie one of her gowns.