Writer wears Lizzo’s dress to red carpet prom after an unusual request

As it happens5:33This writer had nothing to wear for the red carpet. But Lizzo helped her

It’s not every day you get an outfit via a Grammy and Emmy Award winning artist, but Aurielle Marie can cross that off their bucket list.

The Atlanta-based poet was invited to New York’s Out100 gala, hosted by Out magazine, to honor the year’s 100 queer writers and publishing stars. Only there was a problem: It was a red carpet event and Marie didn’t feel like they had anything appropriate to wear for the occasion.

“I couldn’t find anything that was red carpet ready for a curvier person. And sadly, [it] got to a place where I was thinking about not even going again,” Marie shared As it happens host Nil Koksal.

But Marie was inspired by pop icon Lizzo not to give up.

“I said, you know what? I want to feel like Lizzo walked on stage at the Emmys to get her first Emmy Award in that amazing, beautiful dress. So it’s Lizzo or Bust.”

Marie posted a TikTok about their situation, describing what it’s like to be a curvier creator, and how watching Lizzo has helped them be bold and put themselves out there. Marie certainly hadn’t expected to hear back.

“I said, well, let’s just pull a Hail Mary. And if she never sees it or if she says no, I’ll be in the exact same place I am right now. No dress and not thrilled to go get the highest award from my career so far. So why not try?”

It worked.

One of Lizzo’s reps contacted them and shortly before the event, Marie found a package at their door. It contained the dress Lizzo wore to the 2019 American Music Awards. A representative for Lizzo said the dress she wore to the Emmys was no longer in good condition.

“I called it the seductive cherry,” Marie said, describing the dress they got.

Lizzo performs onstage at the 2019 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles. The singer sent the dress to Marie after seeing their request on TikTok. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Feel beautiful

Marie recorded another TikTok of opening Lizzo’s package. It was an emotional and exciting moment for the poet.

“The screaming you hear for me is authentic, real screaming because I couldn’t believe it,” they said.

Marie was able to walk the red carpet in the beautiful dress during the Out100 event and felt confident.

Using Lizzo’s dress, Marie was able to celebrate the evening with confidence. (Hamadi Prize)

“It’s gone from something I was worried about to something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” they said.

Marie said they reached out to Lizzo because they wanted to feel beautiful at the biggest event of their writing career. Now they want others to feel inspired.

“I want all plus-size people to feel as beautiful as I felt last night,” said Marie.


Produced by Brianna Gosse.

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