In a video posted to social media by Lizzo, the singer took to the runway to show off her new shapewear brand… the airport runway, that is.
Her brand Yitty is meant to be “shapewear reinvented,” according to the brand’s marketing, which features almost exclusively plus-size models. In the video, Lizzo gets out of a car on the tarmac and struts her stuff up the stairs to a private jet to her new song, “About Damn Time.” Lizzo is wearing a Yitty bra and leggings with the back cut out, showing off a lot of skin as she looks over her shoulder at the camera.
Responses to the video have been mixed, with some raising valid concerns about Lizzo’s decision to fly on a private jet given its negative environmental impact.
Lizzo had a cheeky response (no pun intended) to a People article about her airplane ensemble, tweeting, “YOU TOO CAN SHOW UR ASS ON A JET.”
One tweet, in particular, stood out, trying to compare the hypocrisy of Lizzo being allowed to wear shapewear with her butt out at the airport, while model Olivia Culpo was forced to cover up to fly to Cabo.
Culpo is a former Ms. Universe and wore a black cardigan, bra, and biker shorts to the airport. American Airlines wouldn’t let her board the flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico until she put on her boyfriend’s hoodie.
“So Lizzo’s allowed to get her BARE ASS on a plane & it’s fine but Olivia [Culpo] former Ms Universe is forced to wear her boyfriends hoddie to fly Cabo cause it was ‘inappropriate’… we’re truly living in a clown world,” the Twitter user wrote.
The tweet’s statement is at its core fatphobic and quickly went viral and ratioed as people pointed out the most obvious reason why Lizzo wasn’t forced to cover up before boarding the plane: she had chartered a private jet, whereas Culpo was using a commercial airline, which often have vague and sexist dress code policies.
“This is such an unintelligent attempt at comparison,” one user replied. “Lizzo paid the money for a PRIVATE plane…that plane is going where Lizzo paid for it to go, she can wear anything she wants. The other girl is in a public airport where you are not treated the same as on a private plane.”
Many pointed out that while the original poster’s statement was ridiculous—Culpo should never have been forced to cover up—the comparison of the two women was unneeded and, above all, fatphobic for insinuating that Lizzo should have covered up, but Culpo shouldn’t have needed to.
“Is making her wear her boyfriend’s hoodie stupid?” a Twitter user replied. “Yes! But so are you for this comparison.”