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All about Lizzo!

A photo of Lizzo, aka Melissa Viviane Jefferson
Lizzo, aka Melissa Viviane Jefferson
(Luke-Gilford)

The facts and figures of PACIFIC’s October cover queen

Full name: Melissa Viviane Jefferson

Age: 31

Born: Detroit, Mich.

Bio: Lizzo is all about confidence, sass and star power. She’s a classically trained musician who has been playing the flute for more than 20 years and went to the University of Houston on a music scholarship.

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Top songs: Truth Hurts, Juice, Good As Hell, Cuz I Love You

Albums: Lizzobangers (2013); Big Grrrl Small World (2015); Cuz I Love You (2019)

Slow hit wonder: Truth Hurts, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in September 2019, was released in 2017

A photo of singer and rapper Lizzo photographed at Sony Music office in Burbank
Singer and rapper Lizzo photographed at Sony Music office in Burbank
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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Songs to boost your confidence, Lizzo style: Fitness, an ode to working out; Tempo featuring Missy Elliott; Like A Girl for a dose of female empowerment

For your YouTube deep dive: Start with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, which showcases her personality and powerful voice; move on to her Flute & Twerk Lesson on 2 Dope Queens; finish with her exuberant performance from MTV’s 2019 Video Music Awards

Social: Twitter: @lizzo (975,000 followers); Instagram: @lizzobeeating (5.2 million followers)

Flute facts: Lizzo’s flute is named Sasha, after Beyonce’s third album, I Am … Sasha Fierce. It also has its own Instagram account @sashabefluting (258,000 followers)

Silver screen: Lizzo makes her movie debut in Hustlers, which also stars fellow musicians Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B

Iconic positivity lyric: “If I’m shinin’, everybody gonna shine” from Juice

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