I always thought Jordin Sparks was an amazing role model. Not just because of that amazing voice or even her generally squeaky clean image. She was also a great example of a Hollywood success story that wasn't stick thin.
Well, so much for that. On the August cover of Shape Magazine, Sparks flaunts her new physique after a jaw-dropping 50-pound weight loss. Don't get me wrong, she looks AMAZING. But the sad fact is, she was one of the few plus-size stars girls could look up to.
Once upon a time, Sparks embraced her ample curves. She was even a spokesmodel for the plus-size clothing line Torrid. "Jordin's enthusiasm for her music and her message of loving yourself and being proud of who you are, curves and all, has really inspired our team and our customers," the brand's president Chris Daniel once said.
It certainly was an inspiration to her many fans. She was upbeat, successful, and most important, happy with herself. Or so we all thought. After a bout with walking pneumonia, she changed her tune. "I remember thinking, 'I'm in my prime. I should be happy and fit,' she told Shape. "That was the moment I decided that changes needed to be made." That's when she started watching her portions and began hiking and taking Zumba dance classes.
I can't say I am totally surprised by her dramatic slim down. Newly thin stars often say they dropped the weight for health reasons, but we all know there is intense pressure to be thin in show business, regardless of how "plump and proud" they claimed to be. Case in point, Jennifer Hudson may have won an Oscar when she was still a big girl, but her career really skyrocketed after she lost 80 pounds. Now you can't turn on the TV without hearing her sing the praises of being thin in a Weight Watchers commercial.
It's great that Sparks is healthy and happy, I just wish young girls had more plus-size stars to look up to along with all those size 0s out there.
Are you impressed by Sparks' weight loss? Do you think plus-size stars are good role models for girls?