Fuse is once again celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Black History before our very eyes. While Big Freedia is undoubtedly one of the most self-assured performers out there—if you haven't seen her live show, you're depriving yourself of an incredible experience—the bounce star says her road to confidence was not easy.
"Some of the struggles that I've overcome in my life are being black, being gay and being overweight," she tells Fuse in an exclusive for Future Black History Month. "I learned to find out who I was and feel comfortable with myself. Once I got to a place in my life where I felt comfortable about all those things, I started to create and be myself. I was then voted 'Most Likely to Stand Out,' so, I took it, I flipped it and made it something positive."
Freedia adds that she took her journey to self-love and now spreads it around the world.
"I feel like my music brings all walks of life together through the power of ass," she adds. "Black, white, gay, straight, whatever: When you come to a Freedia show, you feel loved, you feel open to be who you are and to express yourself through dance music."
If anyone knows about playing to your advantages to make it a positive expression, it's Freedia. While her star has been consistently on the rise these past years, it's become increasingly clear that the bounce queen is investing in herself for the greatest chance of success.
When Freedia's reality docu-series returns September 12 for a sixth season, Fuse's most successful original series ever will have a new feel, a refreshed title Big Freedia Bounces Back, and extended one-hour long episodes. The changes will undoubtedly put it on the same playing field as other successful reality shows, putting Freedia that much closer to world domination.
Watch the full interview above to see how Freedia further plans to solidify herself in the history books and then below watch our queen put her spin on being a red-carpet reporter when she hit up the premiere for Office Christmas Party: